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Topic: Moving Panorama Toy (or, Gnome meets world!) with mini tute & pics  (Read 4835 times)
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« on: March 17, 2006 06:28:52 PM »

I made a moving panorama toy for the Amelie swap. I was obsessed with the idea of the gnome from the movie travelling the world and how to show this in a swap item. (see http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=79117.msg790184 OhhDarling took better pics Smiley than I). I thought I would post a little explanation in answer to a couple of questions I received.

First I made a polymer clay gnome and painted him with acrylics:



Then I made him a moving panorama box in which to travel in style:


There is a scroll with images of his various destinations at the back and a skylight in the roof:


The gnome stands on a little stage and as the two shafts (secretly, decorated pencils) are rotated, the scene changes:





you get the idea...

Mini Tute:
I made a mock-up first and tried a few different things. I wanted the background to be a continuous loop but I found I couldn't keep it moving that way. It would get stuck. The simplest solution proved the most effective. The background images are on one long scroll of paper- just like film in a 35 mm camera. Each end is firmly attached with glue to a decorated pencil (doweling would have been good, but I had pencils). The paper is rolled around each pencil so that the rolls are both behind the flat image. I used a hole punch to make holes in the cardboard box, so that the top and bottom pencil stick out on opposite sides. The pencils go all the way through the box and then the far ends were widened to a little knob so that they cannot come back through the hole. I added elastic bands to connect the pencils since that seemed to help it move smoothly and ensure both ends rotated. I set up the inside of the box like a little stage, so that you can't see how it works from the front window.

Here's a sketch:



I hope that makes sense. In answer to where I got the idea, I had seen antique moving panorama toys on the Antique Roadshow. Wink They used to make toys like these with photos of exotic places as souveniers or for people who might never get to visit places. My brain just put the obsession    idea of the travelling garden gnome with the panorama toy. Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2006 07:33:13 PM »

I was also in the Amelie swap but I don't think I told you how BRILLIANT I think your box is!  When I saw it posted in the gallery I thought it was cool, but now I'm even in more awe of it now that I know all the details that went into making it!
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« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2006 07:48:42 PM »

great work.

(i'm so thankful for the "recent posts with pix" button)
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2006 12:21:10 PM »

you did a wonderful job with this peice!  i recommended you to featured projects!
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« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2006 11:54:55 AM »

Thanks very much folks.  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2006 12:16:17 PM »

Just SO innovative!  WELL DONE!  He's adorable  Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2006 07:56:38 PM »

Oh!  That's wonderful!

To quote one of my favorite children' s books Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes, "Wow.  That's all I can say.  Just wow."
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« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2006 11:49:41 PM »

Hole-ee-doo-ly
I am so impressed, that is incredible!
I'm crafting for the gnome swap right now, and now I'm feeling my project is a little inadequate  Embarrassed

Your gnome's a corker
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« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2006 11:37:24 AM »

I stalked the Amelie gallery and saw this when you posted it-- I didn't comment then, but will now-- this is WICKED AWESOME!!!  You had a very lucky swap partner!!!
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« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2006 12:00:26 PM »

That is the best!!! I Love it!!!
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