Keep Calm in Flutter
On has been one of my favorite episodes of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic so far. Not only because of the rebirth of the great and chaosful Discord, but also because of a lot of really nice slapstick scenes and animation details. And one has instantly engraved upon my heart: the scene where Discord smashes Fluttershy’s lamp and recreates it as a sculpture of himself. My instant thought was: I’ve got to build that, too. And I did.
It took my about three weeks two buy all the materials I needed and over the course
of a week I spend hours and nights to build it from wire, Creall Do&Dry modelling clay, a brick, mesh wire, aluminum foil, acrylic paint, fabric and of course a lamp socket and a cable. I bought two and a half kilogram of clay, turns out: one would have been enough.
If you plan to do something like that: Use thicker and stronger wire. And less aluminum foil. 🙂 The beast gets pretty heavy, it needs all the support it can get. I used (another) lamp to stabilize it. It still sacked to much while drying. The painting wasn’t the hardest part and it took only about five of the total twenty or twenty-something work hours I spent on this project. But the colors
don’t really match, although I am very happy about the result. Of course, without his skirt (lamp shade) my beloved #discordlamp wouldn’t be complete. I considered making it from clay or paper which both would have been easier to match color and shape but I decided to go for fabric, which for my taste suits the origin of
the skirt as a shade much better.
— plastikstuhl (@plastikstuhl) 21. Februar 2013
And well: this is how it looks now, sitting on our router cabinet in the home office room: In direct comparison you see, it’s far away from perfect. But I am perfectly happy. And I hope you like it, too.