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Firefly Art Even Non-Fans Will Love

Monday, February 7, 2011

Check out this sweet copper and brass "wall hanging thingie" made recently by user Hell's Kitten on FireflyFans.net:

Now that's cool.

I love that even people who've never heard of Firefly (aka "sad people") can appreciate something like this. The lyrics are beautiful on their own, and the plaque has a rugged Asian/steampunk vibe that could go with all kinds of different decor.

The artist doesn't give any further explanation on how it's made, but the pics alone are great inspiration for us DIY types:

In fact, I could see this working beautifully with thin Masonite sheets, metal rivets, and metallic paints and glazes. Just smooth on some joint compound/spackling to give the wood a rugged texture before painting, and then use letter stamps to inset the text into the texture. Hmm.... [plotting]

Ok, now I want to make one. Yep, this is going on the list!

The long, long list. Heh.

A big thanks to reader Kelli for sending me the link!


What's on your crafty to-do list today, guys?

UPDATE: I've since talked to the artist, Sara, and she's made lots more amazing stuff! (Another fabulous Firefly plaque here.) Check out her Flickr account to see more, and watch her brand new Etsy store for future goodies. Also feel free to contact her about commissions!

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73 comments:

  1. I am so in love with this. I want one!

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  2. Oh my gosh I love it! I've just recently fallen in love with Firefly and would LOVE to have something like this up in my apartment!

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  3. Amazing. really truly. Now if only I could quit my day job to have time for my long long list...

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  4. I am beyond in love with this. It's just beautiful.

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  5. Latest in my list is to finish the knit cap that started out as a gift for a friend's little guy, when a friend saw the pictures and wants one for himself. It's a knit cap with spikes on top to look like a dino...can't wait to see what the finished product looks like on a grown up noggin!

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  6. "people who've never heard of Firefly (aka "sad people")"

    Hahahahahaha!!!!!
    That's what i think too! love this. i want to make it too..... lovely. thanks for sharing.

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  7. OoOoOoO! This is so pretty. I'm SO adding this to my crafting list too!!

    My crafting to-do list for today is a ShrinkyDink necklace of the woman standing on the tightrope from the Haunted Mansion (going to Disneyland on Wednesday, so I plan on debuting it to my friends then) and stamped monster Valentine's Day cards.

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  8. Wow. That is *gorgeous*. Even if I had never seen Firefly (which would make me a sad person), I would love that. The lyrics are great even without the context of the show. Awesome.

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  9. That is awesome. I have copper sheet and acid and could etch something similar... Not sure how crafty it is but I finished this today...

    Cupric Lion

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  10. Sending this to my brother, pronto.

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  11. I think I can do that. Adding to the list.

    Of course, it's going to end up behind the 3 necklaces for Mom because she picked out beads this weekend and a replica of a steampunky necklace I made my sister for Christmas for me. I'm waiting on parts from JewelrySupply. And then there's the laptop cover that you gave me the idea for. Hmmm...this list is never going to end, is it?

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  12. Oh, I'm working on Zombieapocalypse crafts for my blog. hehehe, even when there is nothing left, we can always craft.

    I love that Firefly plaque-thingie. I want it! I wonder if you could convince a machine shop with a laser cutter to do one up...hmmmm.

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  13. So awesome! It's been on my list for a while, but I'm determined that before the month is up I'll be turning my headboard into a padded version so I can sit up and read in bed. :) Just need to pick a fabric!

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  14. *sobs with joy*

    It's so... beautiful.

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  15. I loved that show. Especially the theme song. Awesome. My to-do list: Hang shelves for the kiddos jackets, etc. and hang up seed packet wall hangings. Sounds simple enough.

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  16. So beautiful. This reminds me of the Firefly inspired necklace I am working on. I've got some new ideas for it now. :)

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  17. Gorgeous! I agree that that's something even non-fans would love. Plus it would be a way cool gift for someone who flies in the Air Force. I'm not a total Browncoat, but my husband sorta is, and I do enjoy Firefly. And I think part of the fun is that so many people don't know about it, so it's kinda like a secret club you get to be in when you meet a fellow Browncoat.

    Crafts to finish? How about start? My shadow boxes for my Breyer Stablemates Halloween horse collection, my Breyer Stablemates Tennessee Walking Horse collection, and my Corpse Bride Hallmark ornaments are number one on my list. I also need to send you my shadow box pictures and instructions for my Jack Sparrow and Indy Jones Hallmark ornaments so you can share with others if you feel so inclined to do so. :)

    I also do lots of cross stitch, and I have to finish my mother-in-law's piece by Mother's Day. I also must start and finish my brother-in-law-in-law's (you read that right) piece for his B-day in May.

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  18. hkmouse, I LOVE your necklace. It's just amazing! I used to make jewelry myself but my carpal tunnel gets in the way. So I am extremely impressed with this piece!

    Boss Lady, I will be lurking on your blog to watch for your zombie post! Zombies are awesome!

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  19. I'm trying to get a handle on the size of this. In the first shot it looks like it is sitting on a laptop. Could it possibly be medallion size?
    Oh, the ideas turning up in my little head right now...fun, fun, fun

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  20. Also on my long to do list is *STAFF* because that's what it'll take to get it all done. Move over Martha, you ain't seen nuthin' yet!

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  21. My "to do" list this past weekend was restoring an Arts & Crafts stained glass window and hanging it in my house. Like SO

    But the Firefly meme totally rocks. Indeed, if I may say... SHINY!

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  22. @ Lynn - it's actually pretty big, according to the source page: 2 feet by 4 feet. Like I said: BIG. But, you could easily make it any size you like!

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  23. OH--I SO WANT!! Is this for sale anywhere? (Please, please, please say yes....)

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  24. Ooo, I want!

    (Now that song is stuck in my head...)

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  25. I do my best to un-sad people whenever possible, can't tell you how many times I've loaned out my copies of Firefly and Serenity to the unitiated! My current project is based on this tutorial for a TARDIS fall-open sewing box, though I'm altering mine to use photo-printed fabric on the outside and designing it to hold jewelry instead of sewing supplies.

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  26. I love this! Such an excellent job that fits in so well with the show!
    Hmmm...how to do that with my limited tools.

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  27. Vintage inspired aprons using non-vintage fabrics. I can't wait to get to the neon Elvis material I found :D

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  28. Ok, Hell's Kitten, if you're reading this, you need to make about 50 more of those, and open an Etsy store, so all of us who are not crafty can pay you money and have some awesomeness too. This would totally look sweet in my office next to my giant Serenity poster.

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  29. I love this!!! But first I want to try this backsplash

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  30. I am knitting away! I'm making scarves for The Special Olympics!

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  31. I have been working on (or, more accurately, not working on) this DNA helix scarf for a year. I'm finally sitting down to crank through it. Shouldn't take more than 2-3 weeks of a more normal occasional knitting schedule =)

    Huge props to June Oshiro for posting the pattern!
    http://www.twosheep.com/helix/

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  32. Jen, just ran across this amazing invention. I am just in awe of this. It's fascinating to me that he's come up with such incredible working designs. And they are definitely lifelike!

    Theo Jansen's Strandbeests

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  33. Hey Jen! I love this! I found this website the other day and it made me think of you...have you seen How About Orange? She does all kinds of crafty tutorials AND loves orange--it reminded me of someone ;).

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  34. I so need a wall hangie thingie like that!

    As for crafting, I need to finish my Nurse Chapel dress. Got to have to done and looking awesome for the birthday of the actress that played her.

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  35. *eyes go big and round*
    Please may I have one?
    *eyes get bigger, takes on an Antonio Banderas accent*
    Por favor?

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  36. Firefly makes me sad- I love it so much, and it depresses me every time I run out of episodes... Even have fantasies that one day they will bring it back... but how could they? they killed off Wash in the movie, and Shepard book! (sorryf rot eh nerdiness) :)

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  37. I had to revisit my Happy Place, continually chanting the Firefly theme in order to get my mind off of the jello belly cake.
    Ahhhhh, Serenity...
    "Burn the land, and Boil the Sea"
    Please take that last image from me ;)

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  38. i am making myself an awning out of a canvas dropcloth and an outdoor "table" from an old sign (for petroleum products?) with an elephant on it. it may only be 30 degrees here, but by golly i will be ready for outdoors when spring finally comes.

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  39. Wow, that is gorgeous, I can think of several ways to make it work as a tooled leather piece. . .

    I have more of a crafty to-do list for the week, I've got several custom leather pieces to work on but I really want to get some work in on my current tooling project, a neo-Victorian ferns notebook cover.

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  40. Let's see...finished crocheting the Spiderman blanket for the DH. Whipped together a Minnie Mouse ear flap hat for myself during the recent Texas snowpacalypse (which I worked on while watching Firefly in my pj's. What is next in the que?

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  41. Awesome! But if you follow the link, it is 2 inches by 4 inches(2" by 4"), so yes, medallion sized.

    Sniff sniff, god I miss Firefly.

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  42. How eerily (and awesomely) appropriate! I've been laid up the past few days after falling on the ice, and I spent my day watching my Firefly box set! And I've had this song stuck in my head all day. Really, that plaque is gorgeous- how I wish I was more craftsy and could make something like that!

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  43. That wall thinging is awesome.
    Today I am working on a Group Project with the Who Knits Ravelry Group. Yes, it is a Doctor Who Scarf. It will be auctioned off at Gallifrey One, Pres Day Weekend. I knitted three stripes. The rest will probably be knitted at Gally, and it will be finished just in time for the auction. *whew*

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  44. Oh, you're going to love this little link then:

    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4119/4917901084_fc02f0d505_b.jpg

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sara013/

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  45. Love it!

    Today i am finishing my Doctor Scarf that is modeled off of Tom Bakers first season as the doctor. i havent measured it lately but is about 8.5-9 feet long at the moment.

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  46. Want. Want want want want want!! That is ALL kinds of shiny...

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  47. Have you seen googles Jules verne steampunky awesome google doodle today seriously check it out I expected to come to eopbot and see a post on it it is so up you aley narwales, seahorses, steampunly techy awesomeness

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  48. um, i guess i am a "sad person" because i have never seen firefly. BUT i will look for it at the library, i promise! and anyway, that thing is cool. i miss the metalsmithing classes from my college days. sniff.

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  49. I love this! It's beautiful! And it's Firefly!

    I'm doing Thing-A-Day this year, so I'm getting a bunch of stuff done I wouldn't normally get around to. I got a ton of baking planned, all using recipes off Bakingdom, I'm learning to knit and crochet, I'm finishing a cross stitch, doing my friend's wedding invitations, possibly a Christmas card for next year, for my aunt, and working on a Christmas stocking as well as painting my wargame miniatures. So plenty of things to do!

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  50. Hey you guys! Have you seen Google homepage today!?!?! How cool is this?!?!

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  51. Love Firefly!! Forced hubby to watch it with me (heh).

    I'm currently working on steampunk polymer clay hearts with resin (all cool with gears n stuff). Having problems getting my resin to set though. ARGH!!! Gotta love it. (Any one have a go-to brand of resin that doesn't take 72 hours to set?)

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  52. My current crafty project is the skirt I am making for my roller derby league's awards ceremony in May. I figure if I start now it'll actually be done in time.

    It's a panel skirt with the color of each team plus some extras (refs, all stars, our track maintenence guy, the league logo) and once it's put together I'm going to embroider the logos onto the bottom of the appropriate panel. When it's finished I'll send along a photo and/or link.

    I pieced everything together this weekend and tried it on to make sure it fits. My daughter sees it and says, "Mom, that is going to be EPIC!" Yay!

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  53. Check out today's steampunk google image

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  54. I just stumbled upon your page and am giving it a big thumbs UP!

    On my to-do list today/this week/ ongoing is making more and more jewelry for a new micro business I am in on. We are called Pulifu and you can find us on facebook!

    My favorite new idea is purse dangles. Crocodile clips with about three beaded strands that hang down and end in a charm. They can be worn on your lapel or your purse to add a colorful punch to your outfit!

    Also, we got a battery powered bead spinner and I'm sure my beading life will never be the same!!

    Go girl craft power!

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  55. That looks awesome... Currently, I'm working on yarn wreath for my friend for her birthday. They are adorable and super simple!

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  56. That is too cool. What is really redundant, is that I'm watching Serenity right now at the same time that I'm reading your post. What I'm curious is for when you are going to do the fan submissions?

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  57. Cool plaque!

    I SHOULD be working on a porcelain doll I owe a friend who's making me some tiny cute stuffed animals in return. Then I need to work on sculpting another dolls.

    my doll blog: http://higherdelights.blogspot.com/

    friends's etsy critters: http://www.etsy.com/people/jaynemateljan

    Instead, I'm on the web. I was just watching Rex the Dog video again... BABY!

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  58. My list is under construction, while I'm "between homes" (living as a lodger).
    My recent project is a longgoer: Hat of the month! (Månadens Mössa)

    Sisters new born baby Isac is getting a new home knitted/crocheted hat every month of the new year. Got to love hats on babies! And unless anyone else does; Auntie does :)

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  59. I want it! It's so pretty and awesome!

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  60. My to-do craft list is lousy with crochet. So much so that I might not be able to get to it all before I die and I'm only in my mid 30s.

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  61. My crafting right now is restricted to working madly on two Christening gowns--family friends have a set of twin coming this Spring.

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  62. Jen--Did you see Goggle celebrating Jules Verne today (2/8)..and it is almost Steampunk. Not bad, really. Thought you'd like that too.

    :) shauna

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  63. That's awesome.
    I am currently working on three different cosplays and two lolita dresses. Plus accessories for each

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  64. Pretty!

    My current craft project is to turn some of the amazing scrapbooking trinkets I found at an outlet this weekend into funky magnets.

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  65. No so much a craft project... but I have been looking for some miniature marine/steampunk brass items. I found a really fun one on Esty a while back, but the seller sold out and isn't planning to get more for a while. However, after deciding to look for the same thing elsewhere, I found this site! I haven't tried ordering anything from them yet, but they have an amazing selection of little brass compasses, telescopes, and navagational devices!

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  66. that's awesome! i love firefly! :)

    *on my list of to-do things for the weekend since i'm about to go to bed in a couple minutes, is making a learning tower for my niece to use at my house so she can 'help' cook without falling off the stool. :) using plans from Ana White and i'm very excited :)

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  67. You will be so proud. I was unaware of my sadness, but once you told me I decided to do something about it. Hulu has been helping me become happy.

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  68. It looks like the "rivets" are carpet/upholstery tacks that you can get at any department store with a hardware section.

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  69. I feel like a completely lame and unworthy reader after reading all the other comments.

    Not only am I a sad person (having never heard of Firefly) but I don't have a craft queue. And if I did there is no way it would include a DNA Helix scarf, Shrinky Dink necklaces, vintage aprons or a skirt for my roller derby league awards ceremony!!!! I totally suck!!!

    Can I still hang out with y'all?

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  70. @Everyone - Thanks so much for your kind compliments. It's very much appreciated. ^__^

    @Lynn - It measures a little over 2x4 inches.

    @Katie - The "rivets" are hand made using copper sheeting for big holes or copper wire for smaller holes, a hammer, and a small anvil. Cathartic. I've actually never tried anything else.

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