Fabricating Clock Hands - Any How To Tips??

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  1. davefr

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    I found these at a flea market and would like to save them. Anyone have any tips or tutorials on how to reproduce hands since finding original hands is like finding a needle in a haystack?

    1. What base metal do you use for painted hands? Brass, steel, aluminum??
    2. How do you cut and contour the shape? Dremel and sanding disc?
    3. Any other tips?

    Here's what I have and here's what the hands should look like.

    TIA


    P.S. Anyone know what happened to Pappy's Telechron forum??

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  2. novicetimekeeper

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    You can buy laser cut blanks of English dial clock hands that would match the green one.
     
  3. Uhralt

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    I would use the material the original hands were made from. I normally use a scribe to mark the shape of the hands. Then I use a jeweler's saw and some needle files. I tried using the Dremel but it cuts too fast for my taste.

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  4. shimmystep

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    I draw the design and i want on paper, once I'm happy with it, I'll cut it out and glue it to the brass or what ever material I'm using. After the glue is dry, I'll use a jewellers saw to cut them out. And fine files to finish, and wet and dry paper down to a very fine grit. It can be very satisfying. Taking your time you cab get very goof results. Whilst its not particularly economical to make them, in terms of time spent, compared to how relatively cheap they are to buy; it's very satisfying and good for skills in my humble opinion.

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    Really nice work, Shimmy. Thanks for sharing.
     
  6. davefr

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    Thanks guys!!

    Shimmy that's amazing work with all that detail.
     
  7. BLKBEARD

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    That's certainly a job requiring a lot of patience!!

    Outstanding results!!

    I give you Two Thumbs Up!!

    Shop Dog Oreo says he'd give you Four Thumbs Up!!!!, but alas he doesn't have thumbs
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  8. David S

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    Very nice job Shimmy. I haven't come across clocks with hands like those. Mine are all cheap thin stamped out ones.

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  9. shimmystep

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    Thank you. No expensive equipment required, you just need a jewellers saw, some fine files, grades of wet and dry paper. And time. So much can be done with minimal tools.

    A little tip; when you think you've got the finished hand, with fine paper, just take off the harshness of the edges, soften the angles gently. It takes away some of the 'just been made' appearance.
     
  10. Willie X

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    Shim is just showing off ... ☺

    Nearly all electric clock hands were stamped from thin sheet steel. To make them I favor: non serrated tin snips, fine files, nibbler, belt sander and sanding drums. Best to drill or punch the hole first thing.

    You can usually find suitable hands, if you look long enough.
    R & M Import's 692 EH4 and CH-23 or CH-36, with a little paint and IF the length is good, would look fine on your clocks.

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