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Topic: Firefly in a Jar! Literally!  (Read 2364 times)
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AllyCatAria
« on: September 21, 2012 09:57:01 AM »



So, my partner in the Whedonverse swap had all these art images pinned of a “Firefly in a jar”. So I decided to make her a real one!





I got one of those toy firefly jars for kids to get started. I carefully removed unnecessary parts to leave the light fixture as exposed as possible. I felt quite morbid cutting up a cute cartoon-y firefly.

I debated over what clay to use. It had to be air dry and not brittle, so I chose Model Magic because it dries a bit like an eraser.

I made a wire base for the ship and began adding little bits of clay until I got the shape I wanted.

Then I used 3 different metallic silver, black, and grey paint to make the ship seem all patchy the way it does in the show.

The true test was to make sure it would still light after all my manhandling. And it did!!!









It was very hard to get a picture of it lit, since is kept moving.

Overall I’m thrilled with it!

The one downside is that it kind of “hops” around as it moves, rather than glides, because the wire is so long. If I knew more about wiring, I would have shortened it. But the toy was a little bit pricey, and I didn’t want to risk ruining it,  or making it unsafe, by messing with the wires.
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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2012 11:24:15 AM »

THIS. IS. THE. COOLEST.

AHH! I love it!!! So creative!
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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2012 02:30:42 PM »

This. Is. Amazing.

I love Firefly, and this is SUCH a cute idea! I think I have to make one for my boyfriend. Thanks for sharing!!
Oh, and you are an awesome swap partner, I'd say  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2012 03:13:39 PM »

That's so cool!  Great idea.

Also, I like that the jar says "Firefly" in a font that's so close to the show's logo.
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« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2012 03:29:53 PM »

Very cool. Really interested to see close-ups and hear how you did it after seeing it in the gallery.
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« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2012 06:18:24 PM »

A-Maz-Ing!
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« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2012 11:33:48 PM »

brilliant!
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« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2012 02:58:49 PM »

My hubby kinda twisted the wire up a bit so it wouldnt hop on the bottom, now it is a smoother movement and it still works fine! This is seriously like the coolest thing!
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« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2012 07:04:10 PM »

My hubby kinda twisted the wire up a bit so it wouldnt hop on the bottom, now it is a smoother movement and it still works fine! This is seriously like the coolest thing!

Awesome! I was so glad that the light still worked. Electronics always seem to just break around me. I'm really glad you like it and that he was able to tweak it! I've been getting so much use at work out the wrist warmers you made - and many people at my job giggle at the mug, even if they don't catch the reference Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2012 01:39:35 AM »

This project is full of win!

Or should I just say that it's shiny?
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