Paint or Other Picture Editing Software
Instructions # 5: The version of Word doesn't matter, but there is a lot of significant points in the process of getting an image on top of the template. The most common problem is simply moving the picture into position "In Front of the Template". When you insert a picture it acts like text and stays to the left. In must be clicked on and "Text Wrapped" in front, moved into position and then possibly formatted as a Circular format which can be size adjusted into the area, but not covering the clock numbers. The center point mark can be "Brought to the Front".
Materials Needed 1: An clock that works for this type of project. Not All Clocks are good for this!
Important: Some clocks have hands that are "pressed" onto a rivet which does not work well for this type of project.
Materials Needed 3: Template in Microsoft Word - Must fit without bunching up. We can send you a blank template via email as an attachment. Write email@example.com
Instructions # 8 (Hint): The glass/plastic cover to the clock may cause a glare when a picture is taken. If you adjust the lighting and/or take the picture without the glass/plastic cover this should solve the glare problem. The stem of the clock pokes through part of the picture and you may want to take a picture before poking the stem through the picture and without the hands on the clock.
Most of the initial Instructions are here now, but there a lot of subtle things that may help that are not here yet.
This is Not fully ready at this time - Dr. B. Neumeier
Instructions # 1: Purchase a new clock. Used clocks can be used but they almost never look new. At first we used clocks from IKEA, but they discontinued the model we were using which was originally $2.00 now we are using clocks from Walmart which cost just under $4.00.
Computer with MS Word
Instructions # 6: This sample has the template with a picture of St. Chad's Episcopal Church on top with a "Text Box" containing the church address and phone number. The text box has been formatted to have "No Line" and "Centering" of the text.
Laminating Film: With this transparency film and a LASER Color printer you can make a clock template of just the clock face which will allow you to cover the whole clock with a picture and then use the transparency to place the numbers on the clock.
You could also reverse this process and put the picture on the lamination transparency and then put the clock transparency on the clock you make. You may need to put a blank white circle underneath all of this.
Instructions # 7: The picture selected and the placement on top of the template is important. You may have a great picture, but the stem of the clock may come through right at a person's head - as you adjust the size you can cause the picture to become distorted. Some pictures may need to be lightened or darkened etc.
Materials Needed 2: We use HP Photo paper - High Gloss - 80 lb or higher. Lighter weight does not work well in some printers. We also use a color laser-jet printer. Ink jet printer tend to smear or at least take more time to dry sufficiently.
Instructions # 2: The Walmart clocks cost more, but come in 5 colors, there are 6 tiny screws that hold the clock together (You will need a tiny Phillips screwdriver and possibly a small flat head screwdriver) and the cover of the clock is thin glass, the hands are fairly easily removed. The clock is smaller than the clocks previously used, but there are good and bad points about the size. The clock needs to be a size that a blank template can be used - made with Microsoft Word and will fit on one 8.5 x 11 page.
Instructions # 4: We use a dull butter knife to slip under the hands at the stem (center) and lift. The second hand may have a metal or plastic post, the minute hand and hour hand fit tight on the stem area. Try to not bend the hands - when placed back on the clock later they must be able to turn freely not touching the clock face or the other hands.
Instructions # 3: After you get the clock apart. It helps to mark lightly with a pencil the outer rim of the clock where the 12 is located. When you place your new clock face in the clock (right over the other face) it needs to line up with the 12 so that the clock can hang on the wall properly. The 80 lb photo paper we use blocks the original clock face from view and helps it stay in place better.
St. Chad's Episcopal Church
Materials Needed 4: Some type of cutting tool, scissors, glue stick, pencil, small Phillips and Flat Head screwdriver (not pictured), & computer with MS Word, Paint or other image editing software. When cutting use a thick cardboard mat to protect your table.
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