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Topic: Darling, your christmas present took a BIT longer...  (Read 3550 times)
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« on: January 07, 2009 09:41:25 AM »

Hi folks!

I would like to show you what I made for my boyfriend for Christmas. We are both fans of Disney's "Tron" movie and he mentioned one time that he would like a Bit of his own. If you don't know it, the Bit is a character from the movie that can only answer yes and no and changes shapes. You can see it quite good in this short youtube clip.

So, I made a Bit! It's made from simple cotton fabric in three colors and can be turned inside out to reveal all three states.

The states are all geometric shapes, the yellow "Yes" is a simple Octahedron, the red "No" is the second stellation of the Icosahedron (I never heard of it before either Wink) and the blue neutral state is a compound of dodecahedron and icosahedron. I think it's not blue but white in the movie and it's just the blue lighting, but it seems more recognizable in blue. Alas, I didn't get the right shade of blue fabric, the one I used is too dark.

I found plans online for the blue and yellow forms, the red one I made myself. It consists of 32 individual spikes and took some time to figure out, draw and put together. Only just yesterday I found plans for papermodels of all three states (here if you're interested). Now I feel a little like an idiot because I did an extensive search and did not come across them but I'm also a little proud that I was able to do it on my own.

I made templates for each shape, drew them onto Vlieseline (fusible interfacing) and then started to stitch along each and every edge. It took some time, especially the red part, but I finished the whole thing just before Christmas. Aside from the time pressure it was a lot of fun sewing something so geometric. Maybe it's just the math nerd in me Wink

The blue one has two openings where the red and yellow parts are attached. This way it can be turned to each state while the other two are hidden inside. The spikes are quite wrinkly from stuffing them inside but I don't know how I could iron this thing.  Cheesy


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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2009 09:56:36 AM »

Wow, that looks SUPER complicated.  What a way to show your love! Go you!! Smiley  You have much more patience than I!  Very cool! Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2009 10:03:06 AM »

wow, that is absolutely ridiculous, but in the best way possible.  there is no way i could have dreamed up how to make it work, but you did it!  good job!!

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« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2009 10:09:17 AM »


How incredible is this?  You must have undying patience, I envy you.

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« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2009 12:30:35 PM »

you are AWESOME!! that totally rocks!

« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2009 12:40:47 PM »

Those are freakin awesome! Even when i didn't know what they were i thought that were cool. nice job!

« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2009 01:14:38 PM »

Wowee, I want one!  This totally rocks!
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2009 01:21:01 PM »

100% Impressive Shocked, you did an amazin job!
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2009 01:38:19 PM »

Omg!  Well done.  Don't know the movie but who cares?  You have done an awesome job.  You must have the patience of a saint.

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« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2009 07:09:38 PM »

I don't know the movie either, but this totally rocks!  And it brought a gush of sappy memories flooding back to me, as it reminded me of the first Christmas my husband and I were together, 20 years ago.  I was pregnant at the time, and our first crafty project together (besides making the baby) was when he said "Let's make a dodecahedron for the baby!"  ahhhh....Nerdy Love.  We made ours almost exactly like yours, only out of paper!

Many happy future holidays to you and your SO!  Wink

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