Fantasy Map Luminaries





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:

  • 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

 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

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

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

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

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.



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    WILL BE DOING A LOTR ONE!!!!! Yay! ;)

    Is this related to Lord Of The Rings?

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

    Many maps here:

    Cool, thanks for the link.

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

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

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

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

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