Seeking high resolution dial file

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  1. Chris

    Chris Registered User
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    Does anyone have a high resolution file for Adobe of a roman numeral dial they can share? I've decided to try to make my own transfer for a large dial I can't find anywhere else. How do you guys do it?
     
  2. Peter Planapo

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    Chris, I am in the same boat as you, needing to make up a vector or TIFF file of the dial to send to a transfer printer or a screen printer. What sort of transfer are you thinking of? You're from the US so if you meant a decal you would not have said transfer, while of course in the UK a transfer means a decal.

    Not decided which way to go and will have to learn Illustrator too.

    Have you tried looking for a computer font of Roman numerals? The good thing with them is that they scale upwards indefinitely, as the font file is not an image file but a set of vector instructions.

    I'd use a dial painter but have not found one who is good with geometric designs, as opposed to cherubs and roses.

    Id your dial is 12" or 14" there are some screen-printed repros on ebay.co.uk. They look much as I imagine a brand new one would have looked in 1880 or so.

    Peter
     
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    I have an American E. Howard wall clock where the customer lost the dial. It turns out that a Seth Thomas #2 dial has the same center shaft and winding arbor hole distances, so I'm using a junk one to replace it. I filled the two extra holes (seconds subdial and crossmember screw hole used on a #2) and sprayed the dial satin white. All I need now is a dial to copy. The ones I copy from the internet seem to be too small (when you enlarge it in photoshop, the pixels make it too grainy and rough. I know there was someone making rub-on transfers, but I haven't found the right one.
     
  4. Allan Wolff

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    Chris and Peter,
    Have a look at this thread and see if this method will provide the results you need.
    I could not get the results I wanted using text and the built-in fonts in the CAD program, so all of the roman numerals were drawn using lines. I can't attach it, but let me know if you would like me to send you the DWG file so you can edit it in your CAD program.
    Allan
     
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