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Chameleon clock

Chameleon clock

Diginate offer a print on demand service which enables you to order completely bespoke stickers and posters. They’re quite unique in that their minimum order is only one unit! Quite rare for printers. Tim and Jon from Diginate recently got in touch excited about the possibility of combining our services.

Laser cutting & engraving + printed stickers. What could we make? So many possibilities! After a fair few varied ideas, the guys at Diginate came up with a rather unique clock design, the chameleon clock. A timekeeping chameleon would sit on the clock face, chasing a wasp (the minute hand) around with his tongue (the hour hand).

After popping down to the CLC studio they returned to the diginate offices for the sticker printing and assemble. Jon documented the whole making process from vector to timekeeping masterpiece for your inspiration. Have a good browse through:

"Here’s the outer rim of our clock face being cut in "walnut veneered MDF":/laser-cutting-materials-laser-engraving-materials/walnut-veneer-mdf. It has already been laser engraved with the numbers, in our signature Omnes font."

“Here’s the outer rim of our clock face being cut in walnut veneered MDF. It has already been laser engraved with the numbers, in our signature Omnes font.”

"Here’s the completed outer rim of the clockface. There is a protective adhesive paper on the surface of the wood."

“Here’s the completed outer rim of the clockface. There is a protective adhesive paper on the surface of the wood.”

"The laser engraving is super-sharp."

“The laser engraving is super-sharp.”

"Here’s the cut file for the clear acrylic elements of our clock."

“Here’s the cut file for the clear acrylic elements of our clock.”

"And the laser cutting in action. We’ve used an intricate ‘rough’ edge to our chameleon to represent it’s scaly skin.

Once all our components had been cut (which was surprisingly quick), we returned to Diginate HQ to start the build…"

“And the laser cutting in action. We’ve used an intricate ‘rough’ edge to our chameleon to represent it’s scaly skin.

Once all our components had been cut (which was surprisingly quick), we returned to Diginate HQ to start the build…"

“Here’s all our parts:

"The clear acrylic has a protective film, which we removed in readiness for applying the background graphic."

“The clear acrylic has a protective film, which we removed in readiness for applying the background graphic.”

"Here’s the background window sticker graphic."

“Here’s the background window sticker graphic.”

"The window sticker is carefully applied to the back of the clock face."

“The window sticker is carefully applied to the back of the clock face.”

"We cut the central hole for the movement by hand so we didn’t need to perfectly align a cutout."

“We cut the central hole for the movement by hand so we didn’t need to perfectly align a cutout.”

"Here’s the custom cut chameleon window decal sticker. We chose a particularly fetching black and blue chameleon. What a champ."

“Here’s the custom cut chameleon window decal sticker. We chose a particularly fetching black and blue chameleon. What a champ.”

"Applying the window sticker to the chameleon."

“Applying the window sticker to the chameleon.”

"Here’s the clear wasp window sticker. We printed a few in case we messed up the alignment."

“Here’s the clear wasp window sticker. We printed a few in case we messed up the alignment.”

"Applying the wasp sticker to the minute hand."

“Applying the wasp sticker to the minute hand.”

"Here’s the custom cut tongue window sticker for the hour hand."

“Here’s the custom cut tongue window sticker for the hour hand.”

"We made it slightly oversized to avoid any alignment issues, and trimmed it with a sharp scalpel."

“We made it slightly oversized to avoid any alignment issues, and trimmed it with a sharp scalpel.”

"The finished acrylic components."

“The finished acrylic components.”

"Next we applied glue to the back of the outer walnut rim…"

“Next we applied glue to the back of the outer walnut rim…”

"And stuck it to the base."

“And stuck it to the base.”

"The most satisfying part of the whole project."

“The most satisfying part of the whole project.”

"Next we popped the spindle through to attach the movement."

“Next we popped the spindle through to attach the movement.”

"And secured it in place."

“And secured it in place.”

"A dab of glue onto the chameleon…"

“A dab of glue onto the chameleon…”

"And fitted into place."

“And fitted into place.”

Amazingly we didn’t manage to lose the addition branch pieces. Here they are slotting in.

Amazingly we didn’t manage to lose the addition branch pieces. Here they are slotting in.

"Then all we had to do was pop the hands on, stick a battery into the movement, and our chameleon clock is in action!

Here’s the finished clock:"

“Then all we had to do was pop the hands on, stick a battery into the movement, and our chameleon clock is in action!

Here’s the finished clock:"

Thanks to Tim and Jon for the images and for documenting the process.

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