Author Topic: Hammond Empress Face Issue  (Read 1026 times)

Larry

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Re: Hammond Empress Face Issue
« Reply #15 on: March 11, 2019, 07:46:43 PM »
The blue mirrored acrylic arrived today.  It is a much deeper blue than the original, but it looks better at any rate.  I bought a plastic cutting tool at Lowes yesterday, so as soon as the plastic arrived, I cut it.  I managed to do a halfway decent job without completely destroying the material, and even without cutting myself, so the clock is back together now.  I found that this material is extremely easy to scratch, so the surface doesn't look as clean as I would like.

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Re: Hammond Empress Face Issue
« Reply #16 on: March 12, 2019, 01:27:00 PM »
It looks great. AND if you have extra material, a second attempt to do a scratch free one in your free time is do-able.
   Didn't the stuff come with a layer of peel off thin clear cover?
It usually does, and you remove the peel off after you do your cutting and drilling.

Larry

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Re: Hammond Empress Face Issue
« Reply #17 on: March 12, 2019, 02:46:47 PM »
The material did come with a protective plastic cover on the front side, but I did the cutting from the mirror side, and the protective cover stayed with the bigger piece.  I should have cut off the dangling cover and kept it on the piece I cut off.  I didn't realize how easily scratchable this material is.  There is still enough material for at least three or four more clock faces.  If any other collectors need some, we can work an arrangement.

The scratches are not so obvious as the mirror face is a distance behind the thick front beveled clear glass (and my eyesight isn't very good).

I really like clocks (and radios and other things) that scream art deco like this model.


Larry

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Re: Hammond Empress Face Issue
« Reply #18 on: March 12, 2019, 10:58:48 PM »
Nice job, dude.   @@*

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Re: Hammond Empress Face Issue
« Reply #19 on: March 20, 2019, 01:53:59 PM »
That looks great!  The easy scratching is a down side with acrylic.  Other than that, as long as the area where it is used is dust free, it's the best chance one can get at a colored mirror material.

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Re: Hammond Empress Face Issue
« Reply #20 on: May 30, 2019, 03:22:15 PM »
I think the color of that acrylic looks better than the original glass.  Nice work. 

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Re: Hammond Empress Face Issue
« Reply #21 on: May 30, 2019, 08:01:08 PM »
I think the color of that acrylic looks better than the original glass.  Nice work.

Thank you.  I think that it is too blue, but it was the choice available, and it does look better that the splotchy, cracked original mirror.


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Re: Hammond Empress Face Issue
« Reply #22 on: May 31, 2019, 08:36:38 AM »
I think the color of that acrylic looks better than the original glass.  Nice work.

Thank you.  I think that it is too blue, but it was the choice available, and it does look better that the splotchy, cracked original mirror.


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Too blue nothing! there is no such thing as TOO BLUE. My original Empress is intensely darker blue that your acrylic. There is always variations in color depending on the day it was done to the degree of fading from the elements and motor heat. You are only going by how much darker your version is against the broken pieces of your old glass.
 Your repair was wonderful, and looks good through the cut beveled edge glass cover.

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Re: Hammond Empress Face Issue
« Reply #23 on: May 31, 2019, 05:39:26 PM »
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My original Empress is intensely darker blue that your acrylic. There is always variations in color depending on the day it was done to the degree of fading from the elements and motor heat.

That makes me feel much better about my repair.  Now I can imagine that it might have looked like it does when it left the factory in Chicago ~80 years ago.  This clock is so art deco.  I love it.

Thank You


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