19 Aug 2016

Vinyl Wall Clock - Shadow Tool

Vinyl Wall Clock Crafting Quine blog by Janet Packer #reposition #vinyl #silhouette #cameo #shadow

Hello again,  Today I'm thrilled to share a post over on the Silhouette UK Blog on making a vinyl wall clock. Since installing our clock at home some months ago I've had a number of requests asking how I made it. In the post I explain how to design your own vinyl wall clock using the Silhouette Studio software and a font from the Silhouette Store.

Unless you have a font with an offset shadow you'll find the tutorial on how to use the Shadow tool useful too. The tool is available in Silhouette Studio designer Edition (V.3.0 and higher). The tutorial uses Lori Whitlock's Friendly font. The font I actually used to make the clock already had a shadow and is called Langdon font and is available for free for personal and commercial use from XLN.

I made my clock some months ago from Oracal 631 Repositionable Vinyl, a vinyl film with a matte finish provided to me by Danielle at Crafty Cutter for review purposes. I applied the black and grey vinyl to the painted wall and it should remove easily when I eventually come to redecorate.  Some months on I've tested a corner and it peels away and re-sticks perfectly.  I also love the thicker, matte-look of this vinyl, it looks really classy!

I used regular transfer tape to move the vinyl from the backing sheet to the wall, and even the tiniest pieces transferred with no problem at all. As you can see my wall has a slightly textured painted finish (Dulux Matt Emulsion). It had been painted for more than 6 months before I installed the clock so was well cured and dry.

I purchased a good quality clock mechanism which claimed (correctly) to be silent. Cheaper versions come with a loud tick which I didn't want. This mechanism is called the Seiko high torque sweep clock movement with eye shaft, requiring special clock hands and a wall cup, all bought online from Mega-Quartz.

Vinyl Wall Clock Crafting Quine blog by Janet Packer #reposition #vinyl #silhouette #cameo #shadow

This is the largest vinyl project that I've attempted so far - my printed template extended to more than 12 sheets of A4 paper.  However, I'd really like to try something bigger now that I know how easy the vinyl is to use. The vinyl isn't available at Crafty Cutter just yet (but there are some lovely vinyls there - check out those beautiful colours of glitter HTV).  I can't wait to see the colour selection available (it should be in the store soon).

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  1. Oh boy this is amazing it looks brilliant on the wall and so stylish. Take care. Hugs Jackie

    1. Thanks Jackie - next time I think I'd make it even BIGGER!


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