Fabrication of dial work, compilation of work March 2012 through August 2012 - June 2013,
This section continues with the dial work for the astronomical skeleton
clock. The next dial we tackled was the tellurian dial. This also involved
artwork as well as polychrome applications. It is regarded as the second if
not equally difficult dial to make as the planisphere. We based our design
directly off one of the dials from Antide Janvier's
(masterpiece), astronomical clock. That clock is one of the, if not the, important
timepieces in horology.
In May 2011 I
made a copy of a dial from that clock.
is shown below.
We decided to use the artwork from this dial for out tellurian dial.
In March of 2012 Buchanan began the tellurian dial design work. At first we took the
entire design; except we did change the outer numerical rim to match what we
planned for the rest of the dial work. However, I did not like the circled
roman numerals. The next photo shows these circles removed with whiteout.
Next we removed the roman numerals altogether. I liked the cleaner look this
achieved, but still wanted something in their place. In the next photo
Buchanan gives me several alternatives. He photocopied various decorative
designs, like a fleur de lis, spade design, French curve and diamond
cluster. These were cut out and then pasted between the zodiacal signs in
place of the original roman numerals.
In the end I chose the simplest design, the diamond clusters. The pasted-on
diamond design is next permanently drawn in.
This is a close up of the final design given to the dial makers.
By June the artwork is complete and is now mounted to the plastic curved
backing and installed into the clock to check for fit and appearance.
Afterward it was packed and shipped to the enamellers. It should be noted
that the actual dial bezels will be a machined design, rather than plain as
in this mockup.
The completed tellurian dial completed in August 2012 is shown above.
The dial painters did an exemplarity job. I think the this will make a good
addition to the clock.