Did you know that in geometry, a tesseract, also called an 8-cell or regular octachoron or cubic prism, is the four-dimensional analog of the cube? According to Wolfram MathWorld, in Madeleine L’Engle’s novel, A Wrinkle in Time, the characters in the story travel through time and space using tesseracts. According to Google, Tesseract is also probably the most accurate open source OCR engine available.
Of course, in the Marvel universe, there is yet another use of a Tesseract – as an Infinity Stone, one of the most powerful artifacts in the universe. It can open rifts in space, which ties in nicely with Madeleine L’Engle’s use of it. While Odin keeps watch over the Tesseract in Asgard, you can create your own replica based on this quick project by Venessa Baez (complete with 3-1/2 minute video). With an acrylic photo cube, a few swipes of paint, some LED garden lights, and waxed paper, you can have a great geeky decor item for your desk or bookshelf.
If you could open a rift in time and space, where would you go? And would you make the “Vwoop, vwoop!” sound effect like a TARDIS?
I love surfing about the interwebs and happening upon geeky crafts. I feel an immediate kinship with the person – here’s someone who’s both crafty AND geeky, like me! And when – BONUS! – they include a step-by-step tutorial, I do a little happy dance. Kacey at Stay at Home Artist provided just such an example with her Harry Potter Freezer Paper Stencil t-shirt tutorial.
With her step-outs, even if you aren’t crazy-graphically-gifted like Kacey (that script text! that stag!), you can still pump out a cool t-shirt that pays homage to whatever fandom trips your trigger. What fandom would you choose and what would you stencil? Have you tried freezer paper stenciling? What were your results? So many questions!
While I have a fondness for a variety of fandoms, I would probably have to say I am most fond of Star Trek. There’s just so much to love! That’s why I was drawn to this Warp Speed Galaxy Shirt project by Katie Smith at Punk Projects.
Her tutorial looks so easy – a couple of spritzes of bleach on a black t-shirt, some dabs of paint, a speedy little Enterprise and boom, you’re off to seek out new life and new civilizations!
I love how subtle it is – you’d really have to look for that little Enterprise, but for the trained eye, it would be like an Easter Egg on a shirt. :)
A fun related note – Katie is already known for her Star Trek crafts, as seen in her Star Trek Christmas ornaments project I have previously featured. She also contributed the Starfleet Uniform Apron project (p 80) to my Star Trek Crafts book!
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Space…the final frontier…of altered clothing. Check out this cool tutorial I found: DIY Galaxy Pants. Prudence & Austere even offer a step-by-step tutorial with step-out photos. Very handy for getting the paint layering right.
This might be a cool effect to try on a black t-shirt, too.
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When running away across time and space, with a madman with a box, one needs the proper foot wear. Wen waiting for said madman with a box to run away with, one needs the proper footwear. Over at Doodle Craft there are detailed instructions on how to create your very own pair of Doctor Who shoes. You can decide for which scenario they are for. I’d go with both, and work up a pair of ballet flats. A girl has to be ready to RUN!
So, this week’s Friday Round-Up celebrates one of my heroes, Darwin. The well-known two legged take on the ichthys symbol is used by fans of evolution (can a scientific theory have fans? Does it matter if it does or not? It’s popularity’s kinda irrelevant; it’s still true…). Darwin Fish (Or Tonys, as all good Feeters know) are rough depictions of Ichyostega, the remains of which are important transitional fossils between tetrapods and fish, since they have a tail and gulls akin to fish but amphibian style skull and limbs.
So, I present to you my ten favourite crafts in honour of both Darwin and Tony…