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Quilling – TARDIS

I got into a new hobby in the fall and as always jumped in at the deep end. I came across an article on quilling that was way beyond anything I could do but it got me searching. The search took me to a quilled TARDIS and I had to give it a try.

Quilled Tardis
Quilled Tardis

I made two TARDISes for a pair of special Whovians as Christmas gifts. The pictures are from both. I never took a picture of the first one finished and very few pictures of the second being built. I was learning as I went along so there are a number of changes from the first to the second. The main two being that I change how I divided the door and I left more open space.

Starting Quilling Tardis
Starting Quilling Tardis

The first thing I did was find a picture of the front of the TARDIS and pin that to a piece of Styrofoam. I then started pinning out the shapes that I wanted to eventually fill in. Because of my lack of knowledge of the craft I used the wrong paper but the right one for what what I did. I am using scrap-booking card-stock cut to ½ inch strips.

Starting to fill in Quilled Tardis
Starting to fill in Quilled Tardis

I eventually got the outline done and started filling in with shapes. On the second one I ignored some details in outlining as they were not visible in final version.

Windows and Top done Quilled Tardis
Windows and Top done Quilled Tardis

I tried to indicate the “Police Box” sign on the top with black and white shapes. The windows worked well but I like the second version better. I had planned out the doors more in advanced. That made it easier and made them look more connected.

Finished Tardis Back Lit
Finished Tardis Back Lit

The panels on the door is another area that differed between the two. The first I went with abstract shapes. In experimenting with shapes I ended up with one flower and decided that it looked good. I decided to do the same on the second with the flowers and added the butterflies. For those of you that watch the show the funny thing is that I finished these well before the season 9 finale.

If I make a third one I will try with ¼ inch strips of the same paper. I discovered on a current project that that difference lets more light through and changes everything.

Sasquan World Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention – Day 3 So Much To Do

Our day started out with a Doctor Who fan fiction video of the 17th doctor. What the blurb didn’t say was that it was Lego and done by a 14 year old. It was 6 minutes long and actually pretty good. I had fun watching it and laughed a few points. The audio could have been cleaner but they are still learning. It will be interesting to see what they come up with next and watch their skills evolve.

At the end they took questions from us. It takes three weeks to make the sets, one week of filming and three months of editing. One person asked them what kind of camera they used clearly expecting an SLR. He pulled a tiny point and shoot out of his pocket and read off the label.

Doctor Who Procession
Doctor Who Procession

Immediately following the movie was the Doctor Who procession. A group of us, a good number in costume, went for a walk through the park. We had two 10th Doctors, a third and two fourths. We also had an ‘Ace’ and a pink Dalek. Lots more had things that represented the show like Fezzes, bow ties and scarves. It was fun to talk to lots of like minded people.

Cosplay 10th Doctor
Cosplay 10th Doctor

At this point we went our separate ways and I went to a panel on 3d printing. There was tons of information and at least three people in the crowd that knew as much as the speaker and he knew plenty. He had designed the base for this year’s Hugos and went through some of that process.

One printer they discussed is one that I would like to get eventually. It is cheap and I saw a kickstarter for it a couple of years ago. At the time it seemed to be a lot of wishful thinking and not a lot of reality. Now they seem to be close to shipping.

On really cool idea that he used for the base is called pepakura. It is another paper craft out of Japan. You use a computer program to flatten a 3d model. You can then cut fold and glue the paper together to make a paper 3d copy. I have found some pdf models. For example here is a Lego man and the website the pdf is from.

My next activity was to go listen to a reading by Brandon Sanderson. I have only read a small selection of his books but I intend to read lots more. I missed what he was reading from but I know it was from ‘The Stormlight Archive’ I think it might be from the third book but I haven’t read the first two so I don’t really know.

I went to two more panels but neither had anything worth talking about. I then went and toured the dealer floor. It was different than I thought. I expected bigger and a lot of useless junk to sort through. While there were a few with the plastic junk that I try to steer my kids clear of, most had made what they were selling or at least knew who did. Most of it was quite expensive and for good reason, it was gorgeous. There were also a number of book sellers. I didn’t buy anything this first day but I did make note of a few place to return to.

After dinner we went to a reading of ‘Where’s My Cow’ by Terry Pratchett. With the audience supplying the sound effects for all the animals and citizens of the city.

Today we also discovered the ‘Con suite’ with free food. I think it would be possible to go the whole Con without buying any food. We ate there a lot as it was convenient and free but we had dinner out a couple of the nights. Tomorrow is the masquerade and for me that was one of the highlights.

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