Introduction: Fantasy Map Luminaries

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A few years ago laxap posted these gorgeous Tea Light Lamps which I have always wanted to make myself.  I finally got around to it, though I made a geekier version.  I used video game maps instead of the Japanese prints used in the original. And like laxap's original, they are easy to make.

Step 1: What You Will Need:

Picture of What You Will Need:
  • Tall glass
  • Tea light
  • 20 gauge wire
  • Clay
  • Print of map and game logo/icon
  • Paint
  • Gloss finish spray
  • Scissors
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Glue
  • Paint brushes
  • Clear tape
  • Measuring tape

Step 2: Maps

Picture of Maps
 Find the game map that you want to use, you can take a screen shot within the game or search the Internet.  Here are some suggestions: If you want you can use maps from books, for example: Try to pick one that is not too dark, hold it up to a window to make sure enough light will pass through. You will need to measure the height and circumference of you glass. Crop or re-size the map so it will fit on the glass.  Print out the map.  Spray with a coat of finish, I used a glossy spray.

Step 3: Candle Holder

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To safely place the tea light into the tall glass once it is lit we need this nifty candle holder. Bend one end the wire into a spiral so that it is large enough to hold the tea light.  With the other end, bend over the rim of the glass. Make sure there is about 2-3cm of wire over the edge to attach the game logo/icon.

Step 4: Game Logo

Picture of Game Logo

Choose the icon/logo that you want to use, you may be able to find them using a Google image search or from a screen shot (eg: Skyrim, Dragon Age, The Legend of Zelda, etc).  Re-size and print, it should be about 2-3 cm in height.  Cut out the image.  Form a piece of clay into the same shape (about 0.5cm thick) and attach to the bent end of the candle holder.

Step 5: Game Logo Continued

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Once the clay had dried/baked, paint it a colour that matches the game logo/icon.  I used black for the Skyrim logo and gold for the Dragon Age one.  When the paint is dry, glue the logo/icon onto the front.

Step 6: Finishing Up

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Apply tape along the inside edge of the map. Wrap tightly around the outside of the glass and stick the two edges of the map together. 

I put one of the maps (the map of Ferelden -Dragon Age) on the inside of the glass to use with an LED tea light.  I like the way the map looks behind glass -but this should only be used with an LED light do not use an open flame.


Bellie14 (author)2014-05-13


grimguy1 (author)2013-06-09

Is this related to Lord Of The Rings?

ChrysN (author)grimguy12013-06-09

No, they are from video games, one is Skyrim and the other is from Dragon Age Origins.

tiagombp (author)2013-04-18

Many maps here:

ChrysN (author)tiagombp2013-04-18

Cool, thanks for the link.

Dragonrider103 (author)2013-04-12

For the one not inside another cylinder, can you use an open flame?

ChrysN (author)Dragonrider1032013-04-12

The one on the outside is okay with open flame, that is what I used in the photos.

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2013-04-04

Aha! What a cool looking lamp :) The map reminds me of the TV show Game of thrones :)

ChrysN (author)Tarun Upadhyaya2013-04-04

Yes, I've seen some really nice maps from Game of Thrones.

kfh99m (author)ChrysN2013-04-10

@chrysN where did you find the Game of Thrones maps? I want to this with those as gifts

kfh99m (author)kfh99m2013-04-10

OK just found the link you posted. Thanks

tiagombp (author)2013-04-10

Did you print the maps on regular white paper? Or did you use special paper for that?

ChrysN (author)tiagombp2013-04-10

I used regular white printer paper for the maps.

kfh99m (author)2013-04-08

I will be making a game of thrones one as a present. I haven't found a map I like anybody have a place to find one?

The Rambler (author)2013-04-07

Awesome, these are gorgeous. I may have to make a Middle Earth version.

ChrysN (author)The Rambler2013-04-08

Yes, I will probably make one too!

shadowyblade (author)2013-04-08

Hey, what game/book/movie/tv series are the maps in the pictures from? Please pardon my ignorance. Oh, wait, I just looked up the name "Ferelden" which is visible in the picture. It's from Dragon Age. So I answered my own question.

ChrysN (author)shadowyblade2013-04-08

Yes, the Ferelden map is from Dragon Age Origins and the other is a map of Skyrim from The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim. Both great games btw.

agis68 (author)2013-04-08

awesome idea!!!! love them......

ChrysN (author)agis682013-04-08


Londonbrig0 (author)2013-04-07

They look great! Did you do anything special to attach the map to the inside of the glass rather than the outside?

ChrysN (author)Londonbrig02013-04-07

Actually now, I just rolled it up and slipped it in, I didn't even tape it.

Anoniempje (author)2013-04-07

You could use an open glass cylinder as well and just place that over the tea light.

fblais (author)2013-04-05

Here is my own version (electronics circuit lover) of the luminaries :)

ChrysN (author)fblais2013-04-05

Nice! That looks great.

Creativeman (author)2013-04-04

Another hit ChrysN! Very nice.

ChrysN (author)Creativeman2013-04-04


Penolopy Bulnick (author)2013-04-03

Nice, I like it with maps :)

ChrysN (author)Penolopy Bulnick2013-04-03


simplebotics (author)2013-04-03

One does not simply walk into Mordor...

kirinwantsaskateboard (author)2013-04-03

OMG OMG I WANT ONE I'm gonna make one

mikeasaurus (author)2013-04-03

Dragonborn will be pleased with these

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