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Robin Springett
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How to make a Ministry of Magic Memo
I visited the WB Studio Tour recently and was inspired to have a go at recreating some Harry Potter props. The graphic designers who worked on the movie did a fantastic job populating the world with beautiful, believable designs. Working in print myself I w...

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Basilisk Tooth
For when you really want that Horcrux dead... I've been tinkering with a few projects recently but I managed to find time the other evening for a very quick project I've been meaning to tackle for some time: a recreation of the basilisk tooth from Harry Pot...

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The Perfect Hogwarts Acceptance Letter…
I’ve been on a bit of a Harry Potter bender of late, making everything from wands and snitches to chocolate frog boxes and even a Fawkes puppet. One of the first things I made was a Hogwarts Acceptance letter, a project which I recently decided to revisit f...

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Can't Stop Painting
I can’t remember whether I’ve mentioned this before but I have, in the dim and distant past, worked as a professional artist and illustrator. Recently in an effort to relive my youth (and fund some of my more extravagant projects) I’ve taken on a few commis...

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Techniques for Ageing Paper
... or how to make my treasure map look old As I mentioned in a previous blog entry, I've been working on some pirate related projects recently, and have had to produce a number of documents that had to appear appropriately aged. As a result I've been inves...

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Making Money...
...or How to Cold Cast Fantasy Coins I've been involved in a pirate based project lately and I found myself needing a ready supply of Spanish Doubloons. It is possible to acquire replicas at a fairly reasonable price, but seeing as I didn't know how many I'...

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Arc Reactor - 3D Print
"That could run your heart for 50 lifetimes!"... "Yeah. Or something big for 15 minutes" One of the first things I printed out when I got my Flashforge was Tony Stark's Arc Reactor (modelled by the extremely talented Skimbal ). It's projects like this, with...

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The Royal Crown of Bethmoora
“Now for our next item. The Royal Crown of Bethmoora... A piece from a long lost culture.” I recently acquired a 3D printer (a Flashforge Creator Pro to be exact) and since it arrived it’s been running pretty much constantly, providing a steady stream of ob...

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The Making of My "Fawkes the Phoenix" Puppet - Part 2
Step 7 Nailing down the puppet mechanism So, the puppet mechanism was where things started to get complicated. My initial trials showed that whilst the push/pull of brake cable translates easily, the twisting action is soon lost, requiring multiple turns of...

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Faking Vigo The Carpathian - Research update
Quick update on the Vigo project: I've received delivery of some pretty awesome stuff: I've got my vintage hand-spun, hand-woven canvas... my Russian pine stretcher bars... a bag of hand forged nails... and a box of authentic pigments from L. Cornelissen & ...
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