I've made these clocks from as little as a one foot minute-hand radius, up to a sweep radius of 19" (38" diameter).
As it sweeps the hours, the shimmering patterns on the hands change with the angle and the lighting.
Quartz-accurate time is maintained by a motor hidden in the equilateral aluminum base, which hangs on any nail or similar hanger. With the battery, the clock weighs less than a pound.
|Telling time: Some people have noted that there are no numbers or markers for the cardinal points.
With little practice, one can read the time to within a minute by comparing the angle of the hands to the
sides of the base. The human eye is a remarkably sensitive instrument for detecting such relationships.
The left side is parallel to 1 and 7, and perpendicular to 10 and 4.
The right is parallel to 11 and 5, and perpendicular to 8 and 2.
The bottom is parallel to 3 and 9, and perpendicular to 6 and 12.
By the numbers:
Maintenance: The titanium hands will not fade or corrode. I have had one of these clocks hanging in my house for 27 years, and it needs only a battery change every couple of years, and perhaps gentle cleaning with window cleaner (or rubbing alcohol) every five years or so.
Fragility: These clocks are big and visually strong, but they are made of carefully balanced, relatively heavy hands on relatively delicate clock drive motors. The longer the hands, the more likely they will need minor adjustments when first installed to prevent the hands from touching one another and stopping the clock. Also, the clock should be hung out of reach of the young and curious; a 3 year old has enough grip to tear a hand off of these clocks. Locations in a direct strong wind probably should be avoided, such as in front of an air conditioning duct.
Pricing: I would be happy to make you a clock. In general, I sell the large ones for around $300.00. Please use this convenient Feedback Form to discuss design and price.