July 27

Star Wars Craft: DIY Ewok Hood

Ewok hood by Stephanie Woodson

We recently re-viewed the Star Wars movies, and I was struck anew by the Ewoks, those bear-like creatures from the Forest Moon of Endor, seen in “Return of the Jedi.” More than just cute, they’re actually pretty tough little critters, instrumental in bringing down their share of stormtroopers and AT-ST walkers.

Some fun Ewok trivia (courtesy IMDb and Wikipedia):

  • Several Ewok lines are in the Filipino (Tagalog) language. Most Ewok lines, however, were inspired by the Kalmyk language, spoken by nomadic tribes living in Russia.
  • The word Ewok is never spoken in the movie, nor are the individuals (Wicket, Paploo, etc.) referred to by name.

Stephanie Woodson of Swoodson Says was likewise captivated by the furry little warriors, and created a fun Ewok Costume Hood for her son – it’s basically a balaclava with fuzzy ears. Clever! I’m sure my son would have loved to romp around in one of these!

Have you ever rewatched geeky shows or movies and come away with a new appreciation for a character or story line? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

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July 25

Knit Some Chewie Mittens

Chewie_Terese_Sharp

So there is a movie franchise that is getting more movies . Something about a long time ago in a galaxy far away. Or so I’ve heard.  Raverly Designer Therese Sharp has designed a pair of Chewie Mittens.  With SDCC happening right now and more cons approaching, what better then knitting some geek love? The pattern is available on Raverly.

Chewie_Terese_Sharp

July 5

The Biggest Geek Craft…Of All Time!

Wow, I thought I was going to go all Kanye West for a second…“Yo ‘Geeks Are Sexy,’ I’m really happy for you…I’ll let you finish. But Chris Lee has one of the biggest Greek Crafts of all time! One of the biggest crafts of all time! I’m sorry.”

cock pit

Chris Lee, known as the Disco Trooper, and his friends are on a quest to build the ultimate Star Wars prop: a 1:1 scale ESB/ANH hybrid Millennium Falcon with complete, correctly scaled interior. According to their site, Full Scale Falcon, they used the DK Ultimate Collection blueprints as a guide and calculated the final outer dimensions of the structure.

Length: 114 feet
Beam (docking ring to docking ring): 81.5 feet
Height to top of body (not counting quad-laser turret): 24.9 feet
Height to top of dish: 30.9 feet
Clearance: ground to landing gear bay level: 7.8 feet
Clearance: ground to outside bottom of cockpit tube: 13 feet

The actual construction started in 2013. If you go through the blog, there are a ton of photos as the work is being done. The latest work is the cock pit button panels.

May 4

Star Wars Craft: Canvas Posters

Star Wars canvas poster by Christy Bright

Happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth be with you! In honor of this geek holiday, I bring you this cool Star Wars canvas poster craft from Christy Bright at Beach Brights.

Following a tutorial in DIY magazine, she Mod Podge’d two Star Wars posters to giant canvases to hang in her son’s Star Wars themed bedroom. She provided the steps to the canvas-poster project in a follow-up post.

Here is a pic of the posters hanging in the room – I love the collection of lightsabers hanging above the Star Wars adorned bed!

Star Wars room by Christy Bright

I love this idea of posters on canvas – Christy mentioned that the art looks painted on. I bet you could use Mod Podge Brushstroke to really enhance the effect. I’m thinking I may try my hand at it for some upcoming geek gift giving opportunities. What poster would you like to see on canvas?

Via Mod Podge Rocks.

Photo credit: Christy Beach, under Creative Commons license 3.0

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April 13

Star Wars Crafts: Amigurumi Wampa

Star Wars Amigurumi Wampa by Mysterious Cats

When I was a kid, I was pretty scared during the scene when the Wampa attacks Luke in “The Empire Strikes Back,” but who could be scared of this little guy? Hook yourself up with this great amigurumi Wampa pattern from Ana at MysteriousCats.

Also be sure to check out her other Star Wars patterns: Tie Fighter, Imperial Walker and other Star Wars ships.

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