Minimal Adhesive Method
Install the movement through the unattached clock face. This allows you to rotate the print to where it needs to be and holds the print firmly while gluing. I then lift each corner to apply the adhesive.
• Memory Book Glue Dots - Archival product
• Dab of hot melt glue
• Double stick tape - NOT recommended due to undependable results
The movement is going to hold the print in place. Gluing in the corners will keep the print flat and still allow some difference in movement between the wood and print. If wood is used as the backer board I would recommend using a clear water based sealant on both sides of the wood to reduce movement with weather.
Do not use Elmer's or wood glue!
Please use the Memory Dots but if you insist here are suggestions on sprays • Elmer’s Craft Bond is acid free and does not set up as instantly as some spray adhesives. 3M’s 45 is also archival, .• Take care as any contact cement or spray adhesive will remove the ink if the adhesive is accidentally applied to the front of the print.
If the new clock face is light colored you may want to cover the old face first with an additional piece of white paper, white paint or Kilz primer. Keep in mind that keeping the original face intact on an antique clock may help retain it's resale value.
• Prints are archival.
• They do not require any additional sealant to protect them when installed in a clock behind glass.
• Any glass will add protection from air born pollutants.
• If you are building a new clock consider purchasing UV filtering glass as it will add more protection against fading. Museum quality non glare glass is also available. Hobby shops with a framing department will have these types of glass.
• Trimming - clock faces can be cut easily with an exacto knife.
• Movement hole - ClockPrints adds a center dot to each face.
• Winding holes - Cutting these before mounting makes it very difficult to align if using spray glue. I prefer to cut them after mounting using a sharp exacto. The edge or the mounting board hole can be used to guide the knife.