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11 March 2011 @ 03:40 pm
The Geekiest Lamp in All of Geekdom  
So, today's crafty post. I had this floor lamp that I loved very much, but some of the panels had been damaged over the years, so I decided to cut all the panels out, replace the ones that were too badly ripped and salvage the ones that weren't. Maybe I'd add some small embellishments, I thought. Then it turned into an epic stencil project that took up all my crafts-for-me time throughout January and February. And then I discovered that it's really hard to take pictures of an item that is itself a source of light. Especially since when the lamp is off (or I tried to use the camera flash) you can't actually see any of the designs - it just looks like panels of plain paper. So this post has taken quite a while to get organised!

Because it's for me, it's a bit messy in places and I tried some techniques that I won't try again. But I actually quite like how it turned out, overall. I'm definitely going to try to use some of these ideas again for smaller table lamps I can sell, but that'll require quite a lot of research and planning!

The biggest problem I had with taking photos was the difference between the Bat signal panels and the other ones. With the naked eye there isn't as big a contrast as there are in these pics.


Some of the panels are paper stencils, and some of them are drawn on the back with a Sharpie. The paper cut outs definitely look best for the blockier designs, but I couldn't even imagine trying to cut out something like the Gallifreyan symbols.


These close ups show the Bat signal panels a little more how they actually look than in the pics of the whole lamp.

burton bat signal b

batman beyond bat signal b

nolan bat signal b
The Millennium Falcon took for-bloody-ever to do but I finally like how it came out.

millenium falcon b

at at w
I didn't mean to do three Doctor Who panels but I got a bit carried away!

gallifreyan w

dalek b
I'm not entirely happy with how the Tardis turned out. The lettering isn't neat enough and you can see my pen strokes in the supposedly block colour areas. But I think I could do that better if I tried it again.

tardis b
This panel is of the gates of Xanadu, from Citizen Kane. I am spectacularly obsessed with that movie.

kane b
This is meant to be a pair of dragon wings, but I think it just ends up looking like a bunch of squiggles. Oh well. I'm not gonna moan about any of the other panels from here on out!

dragon wing b

I quite like how the Viper turned out, but that Cylon raider looks pretty fantastic if I do say so myself!

viper and cylon raider b
Another one I kinda wish I'd done as a paper stencil rather than drawn, but hey, I have a Monty Python panel on my lamp of awesome so all is well!

ministry of silly walks b
An attempt to use a printed paper stencil to give various shades of gray. Didn't work out exactly as planned but I do like how it looks.

scythe b
The Metallicar is another one that took a long time to complete, but I absolutely love how it turned out.

metallicar b
I wanted one of the panels to represent The Wire and the first thing that jumped to my mind was Kima's "and then he dropped the bracelets" so I had to do handcuffs. If it wasn't for the last panel I think this one would be my favourite.

bracelets b
You're getting three pics of this one because I absolutely adore how it looks. A friend lent me his Enterprise D blueprints (which, by the way, is one of the nerdiest awesomest things ever) and so I simplified a section of the top of the saucer bit thing. (I really ought to know what the technical term for that section is given the amount of time I've spent poring over those blueprints!) At some point soon I'm definitely going to make a whole lamp composed of bits of those blueprints. Probably highlights like the bridge and Picard's quarters and stuff like that.

enterprise d blueprints w

enterprise d blueprints detail

enterprise d blueprints b
For my own reference: cross-posted here, here and here. And also linked to here, here and here. And here.
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
nightcamedown: bsg_sosayweallnightcamedown on March 11th, 2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
Oh my god, that lamp is AMAZING. I love it!
Anonymity Blaize: enterprise blue whiteanonymityblaize on March 11th, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you, bb!
dahliablue: art makesomethingbeautifuldahliablue on March 11th, 2011 06:43 pm (UTC)
OMG, that lamp is blowing my mind! That is so awesome. I would totally buy something like that, though I don't know how difficult shipping would be.

So did you hand draw all the stencils from scratch or did you work from some sort of template? If you make them yourself, do you ever sell custom made stencils for those of us unable to draw realistic art like this? Fandomy stencils would be so awesome to have. I'd stencil everything in sight! ;)
Anonymity Blaize: smartiesanonymityblaize on March 12th, 2011 02:02 am (UTC)
Aww, thank you! I have the idea that somewhere there exists some sort of table lamp that's flat-packable which'd make shipping easier, but the only one I've found so far is so tiny that it limits what designs I could put on it. I'm going to keep hunting though - there seem to be a lot of lighting wholesalers in the world!

The stencils are a bit of both really. For example the scythe is just a print out of my photoshop fiddling about, and the Enterprise blueprints are essentially just traced, but the Kane mansion gates were done freehand from staring at a freeze frame. This whole lamp's a mishmash of techniques! I'd never thought about making and selling stencils themselves - I'll have to look into that. Thanks for the idea!
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Anonymity Blaize: smartiesanonymityblaize on March 12th, 2011 01:51 am (UTC)
Firstly, thank you, and secondly, thank you! I need to get myself over there and see what I can do to help out too.
perpl3xityperpl3xity on March 12th, 2011 04:25 am (UTC)
I think it's actually called the saucer section.
Anonymity Blaize: enterpriseanonymityblaize on March 12th, 2011 11:35 pm (UTC)
See I thought I knew that and then second guessed myself out of it! Oh well!
casettcasett on March 14th, 2011 03:54 pm (UTC)
Anonymity Blaize: catanonymityblaize on March 16th, 2011 03:32 pm (UTC)
Justice 4 Greedo: get excited and make thingsfera_festiva on March 14th, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
(Via geekcrafts)
Oh my god, this is incredible. I can't even fathom all the work that must have gone into this. It looks amazing. I'm jealous! :)
Anonymity Blaize: airlineanonymityblaize on March 16th, 2011 03:33 pm (UTC)
Re: (Via geekcrafts)
Aww shucks! Thank you!
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Anonymity Blaize: smartiesanonymityblaize on March 16th, 2011 03:34 pm (UTC)
Myaku: oh!ramune on March 14th, 2011 04:20 pm (UTC)
This is absolutely beautiful and amazing.
Anonymity Blaizeanonymityblaize on March 16th, 2011 03:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
Hiding in plain sight: TNG-worf_internetwulfae on March 14th, 2011 04:50 pm (UTC)
Everything is fantastic, but I agree with you. The Enterprise steals the show.

ETA: Yeah, it's called the saucer section.

Edited at 2011-03-14 04:51 pm (UTC)
Anonymity Blaize: enterprise blue whiteanonymityblaize on March 16th, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks! That panel did turn out pretty awesome, didn't it? And yeah, "saucer section" should not have been a technical term my brain had problems with!
Icarus was a test pilotgalwithglasses on March 14th, 2011 05:48 pm (UTC)
Monty Python and the Metallicar \o/

Looks great.
Anonymity Blaize: castielanonymityblaize on March 16th, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm loving the fact that I thought this was a really bizarre combination of fandoms, and yet everyone keeps commenting on different combos of them!
werefox61werefox61 on March 14th, 2011 06:06 pm (UTC)
This is beautiful. Geeks are chic! Did you do the dalek yourself? I'd like to borrow it and modify it to use on a pumpkin in the fall. I already have a TARDIS and a 10th doctor in my foam pumpkin collection.
Anonymity Blaize: tardisanonymityblaize on March 16th, 2011 04:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks! The dalek one I actually modified from something I found on google images - I think I was just searching dalek + stencil. Pumpkin designs sound so hard to do, what with every piece needing something to connect to, but I;d love to see that!
Shadowspunshadowspun on March 14th, 2011 06:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow. It is amazing. I want.

I really did NOT need anymore crafty ideas, you know.
Anonymity Blaize: smartiesanonymityblaize on March 16th, 2011 04:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Mwah ha hah! I am an evil enabler of craftiness!
Gwen: Fox bubbleomylouse on March 14th, 2011 06:39 pm (UTC)
I'm so in love with this lamp! Love the dragon wings too, I think they turned out great :)
Gwen: DW fix itomylouse on March 14th, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
By the way, what did you draw then onto? Or are some of those the original panels?
(no subject) - anonymityblaize on March 16th, 2011 04:34 pm (UTC) (Expand)
inflationary: JIMinflationary on March 14th, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
friggin excellent, man!
Anonymity Blaize: enterpriseanonymityblaize on March 16th, 2011 04:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
(no subject) - jackvelvet on March 14th, 2011 07:15 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Anonymity Blaizeanonymityblaize on March 16th, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!
shinydinosaurs on March 14th, 2011 07:25 pm (UTC)

I'd kill to be able to draw/stencil the Gallifreyan symbols. There's no way I could freehand it. Beauuutiful!
Anonymity Blaize: malanonymityblaize on March 16th, 2011 04:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks! The Gallifreyan stuff actually gets easier the closer to the centre you get, but the circles on the outside were kind of a bitch!
Amy Sissonamysisson on March 14th, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
That is all kinds of awesome!
Anonymity Blaize: catanonymityblaize on March 16th, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
most excellently twisted: Chocolate - have somefanbot on March 14th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
Very beautiful. The love you put into it shows.
Anonymity Blaize: smartiesanonymityblaize on March 16th, 2011 05:18 pm (UTC)
Antjedieastra on March 14th, 2011 11:06 pm (UTC)
That is really wonderful! I've never seen such a lamp before. But I always loved silhouette stuff. Well done!
Anonymity Blaize: catanonymityblaize on March 16th, 2011 05:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Leish: squee ashleishpod on March 15th, 2011 12:47 am (UTC)
holy shit this is INCREDIBLE. I MUST MAKE SOME FOR MY WEDDING. *flail*
Anonymity Blaizeanonymityblaize on March 16th, 2011 05:24 pm (UTC)
yellowsunflowersjmnstars on March 15th, 2011 02:30 am (UTC)
That is so awesome! How much?! :P
Anonymity Blaize: tardisanonymityblaize on March 16th, 2011 05:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I am never parting with this beauty! :)
Nico: tardisvilakins on March 15th, 2011 03:17 am (UTC)
Oh yes! The Millennium Falcon, an Imperial Walker, the Ministry of Silly Walks, and so much more. Absolutely fantastic!
Anonymity Blaize: tardisanonymityblaize on March 16th, 2011 05:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Glad to see others have as diverse fandoms as I do.
Lezliedryadia on March 15th, 2011 04:24 am (UTC)
Dalek ftw!
Seriously all around rad though.
Anonymity Blaize: tardisanonymityblaize on March 16th, 2011 05:27 pm (UTC)
Lacy M: fall tardislioness458 on March 15th, 2011 05:20 am (UTC)
Found you through crafty_tardis. I have to say, I frakking love everything about this. It's amazing. I'd have to say that the Gallifreyan writing and the Enterprise blueprints are my favorite. If do ever perfect your method and sell smaller versions, I would buy one in a hot second.
Anonymity Blaize: tardisanonymityblaize on March 16th, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you! If I do manage to work it out I'll be sure to let you know!
kaorii_niiht: batmankaorii_niiht on March 15th, 2011 10:20 am (UTC)
This is one of the coolest things EVER! Quick question: I know you said the contrast between the Batman panels and the others wasn't as prominent as it appears to be in the pictures, however there is a noticeable difference. So I was wondering, is this an aesthetic choice for you and if so why? *I'm very curious about silly things*
Anonymity Blaize: batmananonymityblaize on March 16th, 2011 05:35 pm (UTC)

The intention was to do four of the Batman panels, one for each side of the lamp, but I got distracted by other ideas and only ended up with three. I always knew the sugar paper panels were going to look different from the reclaimed original ones so I figured a deliberate contrast would look better. But then I tried the Buffy's scythe one on another weight of paper and it actually looks almost exactly the same as the original panels so that whole train of thought kinda ended up going nowhere! So, basically there was supposed to be a deliberate aesthetic choice and then my experimenting got away from me!
(no subject) - kaorii_niiht on March 19th, 2011 01:36 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - anonymityblaize on March 25th, 2011 04:37 pm (UTC) (Expand)