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Thursday, April 5, 2012

I trucked most of my craft supplies with me on "vacation" in the desperate hope that I might finish these before Easter. After several late nights and only three trips to the craft store...

TADA!

Portal Easter Eggs!


I searched everywhere for a companion cube Easter egg online, but all I could find was a cube drawn on the egg. Since I wanted mine to look like the egg *was* the cube, I spent some time sketching to get the design right. Each companion egg is double sided, and I used rhinestone hearts in the centers for a little sparkle.

The eggs are foam with a hard coating, which allowed me to put small screws in the bottoms so I could hang on to them while painting, and then hang them to dry after painting. Very handy.

The turret stand design is by Instructables user SuperNewby, although I think I must be doing something wrong since I can't get the back leg to stay put; it keeps sliding out Bambi-on-ice-style from under the egg. After trying everything from super glue to duct tape, I finally stuck all three legs in a sheet of soft foam to keep them stationary. (I also used foam for the leg panels, which is faster and easier than clay.)

The lemon grenade handle is made from a tiny screw cap and a bent strip of metal John found in the garage. I hand-sketched and painted the Aperture logo, which is why it looks so wonky. (Sorry.)

I wish I had an Aperture mug to display these guys in, but in the meantime, just imagine this is Cave Johnson's Easter basket, k? (From Caroline. Of course.)

Also imagine the "grass" is shredded Aperture office memos. :D

I have several more Portal Eggs in the works, but I wanted to at least show you guys these in case the rest aren't done by Sunday. Stay tuned!

Posted by Jen at 1:47 PM Labels: , ,

29 comments:

  1. This IS a triumph! It's hard to overstate my satisfaction. ^-^ So adorable! Turning a cube into an oblong shape looks difficult, but it worked beautifully.

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  2. SUPER CUTE Jen! you are SO talented! Can't wait to see the rest of them!

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  3. I really like the touch the rhinestone hearts add to the eggs. Much better than just painting them on.

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  4. I'm making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS!

    These are very cute. Are you making a potato GLaDOS? If not, you definitely should.

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  5. I'm making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS!

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  6. Where did you get the eggs?

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  7. OMIGOSH, the lemon grenade!! I'm making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS.

    I also love love love the sparkly hearts.

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  8. So cute! The turret stand on the egg in the other pic has something over the legs to make them thicker, like a plastic sleeve or coating off of a wire. That's what my non-crafty eyes noticed anyway. Have a great vacay and safe drive home!

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  9. Alex, I found the eggs at Micheals. They come with a speckled finish on them in a little baggy.

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  10. The Companion Egg is perfect. If Aperture Science themselves had made them (imagine having an egg instead of a cube for all those puzzles!) it wouldn't have looked any better.

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  11. These are so cool! I really like the companion eggs.

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  12. Jen, I wanted to let you know that YOU-AND JOHN (you didn't think I forgot did you?) are my heroes. :D

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  13. They all look fantastic! I used to live in Williamsburg and I super get a kick out of thinking of my favourite blogger and hubby running out to the same craft store I did.

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  14. You rocked the Portal eggs! I love the cubes - the rhinestone hearts really are the perfect touch of sparkly. Happy Easter!

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  15. Love love love these. They are awesome. Man now I want to do some mabe for next year tho'.

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  16. Don't play portal so I am not as up to date on all the characters/parts. So that may explain why i thought, when looking at your Lemon Grenade,"Oh, Dr. McKay will NOT like that!"

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  17. Okay so I don't play/watch portal, so I went A HAL EASTER EGG!!

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  18. I love the turret egg. So perfect. Although I can't picture anybody giving Cave Johnson a basket of Easter eggs. Maybe if they were radioactive moon rock Easter eggs.

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  19. You did a wonderful job, and not to sound criticle or anything, but no Wheatley, or pesonality core eggs?

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  20. I think you just made my weekend, thank you.

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  21. These are amazing! You are so talented!!

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  22. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    and totally WANT!!!!!!!!!!!

    the "companion" egg ..........ROX!!!!!!!

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  23. Fabulous! You've made my weekend :)

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  24. Wow! Those are amazing. I follow your Cake Wrecks blog and just stumbled on this one following another of your posts, and I'm so glad I did. I love Portal, and those eggs are so creative and adorable. You have true talent. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. These are totally awesome, Jen - but then, I've thought that about pretty much every craft project you've posted :)
    I have to te you, though... I am, quite honestly, terrified at the thought of the rental truck size required to get all YOUR craft supplies to Williamsburg! Knowing what my own "stash" looks like, I'm thinking poor John is probably tired of driving that nasty 26-footer!! ;-)
    Happy Easter!!

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  26. Awesome eggs, Jen! I definitely need to show them to my daughter, who has played Portal 2 (I watched my husband play Portal, so I get some of the jokes).

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  27. Science got done.

    ~ Haiku Joy

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  28. No steampunk egg? *laughs* Maybe that's next on the list!

    Oh, I thought you might be interested in my recent clock makeover: here

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  29. So how did you make the foam eggs hard so you could paint on them? I really want to make these for Easter! You did such a great job!

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