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It all started after watching an episode of Doctor Who. For those of you who aren't into Doctor Who, Gallifreyan is the fictional language of the Time Lords. It wasn't like it was a special episode or something, I think it didn't even include Gallifreyan, but after that I started wondering if there was a way to write Gallifreyan. The first thing I found, was a translator. I really loved the results I was getting from it, but I wanted to take one step more. After another search, I found an amazing guide on how to write circular Gallifreyan. The alphabet is fictional, yes, but it does actually look Gallifreyan, and that's enough for me :) I started writing Gallifreyan and I loved loved loved it. But, how could I use this new knowledge. Then I thought of the doctor's fob watch, and realised how great it would be to create a pendant with Gallifreyan writing on it! I made the colour of paint to keep the pendants in the style of this fob watch, and I personally think it worked.

I really hope you'll like it!

Step 1: Materials

To make your own Gallifreyan pendant, you will need:
I really hope I added everything, but the list is quite long so I'm not sure..

- cardboard
- a pencil
- a black fine liner
- (optional) a ruler
- (optional) compass
- sketching paper
- text editing program with drawing options
- silver paint (acrylic)
- black paint (acrylic)
- brushes
- glue
- wire
- cutting pliers
- round nose pliers
- scissors
- eraser

Step 2: The Writing

So, I'm going to give a very basic explanation of the writing, but first I want to show you the source of this gallifreyan alphabet:

Gallifreyan - shermansplanet

Loren Sherman managed to create a great looking alphabet, that I'm happy to have found. The instructions in the guide are very, very clear. For those of you who just want to use a translator:

Translator

When writing circular gallifreyan, you start at the bottom and write anti-clockwise. Start by drawing a small circle. Next, add your first letter. The diagram for consonants is really clear, so no further tips on that, when writing vowels however I would recommend using this extended sheet: vowels.

The following letters are added the same way, going anti-clockwise in your circle. When starting a new word, you also start a new circle. Circles can look more joined by the empty shape created by the letters T, SH, R, S, V and W.

When all the words have been written, they are surrounded by a circle, which is surrounded by the outer circle. The lines go on until this outer circle is reached.

Step 3: The First Word

In the example I'm giving here, I'm going to write Do it yourself.

Start by drawing your first circle. Next, add the first letter on the bottom in the middle. If your second letter is a vowel, take a look at the vowel sheet. If it's a consonant, just add it on another place on the circle, keeping in mind that it's written anti-clockwise.

Step 4: The Second Word

Depending on how many words you have in total, you'll want to place the next circle somewhere on the top right side of your first word. I first checked if there were letters that could be used to interlock the two words, before adding the circle.

Step 5: The Third Word

The third word also had a letter that could be used to combine two words. When you draw this in immediately, you can just work around it with the other letters.

Step 6: Lines

There are still a lot of lines that I haven't drawn yet. I prefer to do this when I've written all the words, so I can also connect letters by lines.

Step 7: Adding Circles

The first circle also contains these divots. They don't have any meaning and are just there to look nice :D The outer circle makes the sentence look finished in my opinion, makes it look even better.

Step 8: Fineliner

To clear up the lines a bit, I always prefer to trace my lines with fine liner. After the tracing you can just erase the pencil lines.

Step 9: Making It Printable

Since you now know what your text should look like, you can draw it on your computer. The circle shape without filling and the arc are very useful. My outer circle was 3 cm and I made the lines 0,02 cm. When your design is finished, you can print it.

Step 10: Change in Size

So, you might be wondering why I didn't just draw it on the pendant size. The above picture shows the size of a finished pendant next to the size I made the design on. I think it says enough ; )

Step 11: Cut the Cardboard

On the cardboard, trace 9 circles that are slightly bigger than your design. Cut them out as precise as possible.

As you can see, my circles had pencil markings on them. I erased this from two of them, since only two will be on the outside.

Step 12: Glue the Cardboard

Take your 9 circles and your glue and start glueing it together. I personally prefer to add glue to one of the circles (shiny side) and spread it on a second one by putting them against each other. This will also prevent glue being spilled out on the sides of the pendant. After four layers, bend an eye-loop pin from the wire and glue it on there. Apply a generous amount of glue before adding on the next circle. Make sure the outer two circles have the grey side turning out, that will be much easier to cover with paint.

Step 13: Painting I: the Colour

Before adding your paint, make sure you have a piece of paper and a bit of water ready. The colour was created by adding a blob of silver paint to the paper and then adding a small spot of black. I wanted to add the black because the silver looked way too shiny, and I was going for an older, fob watch like - impression.

Step 14: Painting II: the Text

This is the trickiest step in this entire instructable. Basically, you need to take a very, very small brush and paint between the lines of your printed design. I'd recommend taking a bit of a lower chair for this or moving your design up a bit, since you will need to be really close to your design and the bigger the distance, the more your neck will hurt..

Step 15: Painting III: the Pendant

After the last step, this is just a big relieve. Use the paint you already made to cover the entire pendant in paint.

Step 16: Glue

Add a dab of glue to the pendant and spread it with your finger. This is just to make sure it is spread as evenly as possible. Next, add your design to it, please check if it's the right way up before gluing it on there :)

Step 17: Done!

And that's it! I really enjoyed making this project and the work that went into it, I am still writing (and improving) gallifreyan and I absolutely love it :D The texts I wrote aren't perfect and contain some spelling errors, but oh well, it's a fictional language after all ; )

I hope you liked this project as well, if you did I would love to know!!

<p>I'm a sucker for exotic scripts. If only English were as visually interesting to write! This is great.</p>
<p>Thank you very much!! </p>
This is awesome. You totally can't even tell it's cardboard. I love all your stuff, thanks for being so great. Your skills with wire are amazing too.
<p>Thank you so much!! :)</p>
<p>I love Dr. Who and this is very beautiful piece, but I love just everything from you. You are very creative person. Thank you for sharing all your talent :)</p>
<p>Thank <em>you</em>!!</p>
<p>Love this. My friends and I love doctor who and learning how to write the language was a great experience, and the pendents really made it that much more exciting. Thank you. </p>
Thank you! I'd love to see how they turned out :)
I love Doctor Who and this adds to my collection and I just love it I wear it every day thanks for the instructions.
I'm glad you liked it! I'd love to see a picture of how it turned out :)
I recently found a Gallifreyan translator app. Wondering if I can use the app and create this with metal clay and stencils. hmmmm... love this!
Also I got the translate app.
Glad you like it!
<p>what does it say? I'm not so great at reading gallifrey an yet and I'm a little curious xD</p>
she said in the text it means do it yourself <br>
<p>The one in the main image says Emily van Leemput, although it does have a few spelling issues ; ) </p>
<p>WOW now I just need a simple translator that can do many words</p><p>computer programers?</p>
<p>This is a great Christmas idea for any WHO fan!</p>
<p>I'm glad you like it! </p>
<p>That's awesome! I couldn't even tell it was cardboard! I want to try this with polymer clay!</p>
<p>Thank you! I'd love to hear how it turns out! </p>
<p>Wow, that's great!</p>
Thank you : ) !
<p>Very Cool</p>
<p>Thank you!!</p>
<p>Awesome!!!</p>
<p>Thanks!!</p>
<p>Your welcome!!</p>
<p>* You're welcome. Sorry about that.</p>
<p>This was so much fun! Great inspiration! I used <a href="https://gallifreyan-9000.rhcloud.com/#" rel="nofollow">https://gallifreyan-9000.rhcloud.com/# </a> to translate my text, its also based on Loren Shermen's Design but drawn a little different, I like to think of it as if it was a different font or dialect to the same language. I also used Shrinky-Dink clear plastic instead of cardboard, To draw it i used an Ultra-fine sharpie for the text on the front and a metalic sharpie to color the back. I drew two sizes to see which I'd like better, and I recommend you do the same. Also, I baked it on tin foil and it stuck while baking, so mine are slightly elongated, if you wish to prevent this, bake on wax paper or parchment paper instead. To finish it off I recommend sealing it with something because sharpie scratches off plastic easily, clear nail polish or a glaze of some sort will probably work fine. I tried to seal it with school glue and it didn't work so don't use that. Hope this helps, enjoy!</p>
<p>I'm so glad you tried it, the result is awesome! Thanks for sharing!! </p>
<p>Wow, very elegant! A lot of preparation and thought put into this 'ible! Amazing job :D</p>
<p>Thank you so much Hunter!! </p>
<p>Great 'ible! I'm going to make one with Shrink Plastic. For those who also want to make one with shrink plastic, make sure you triple the dimensions. For example, if you wanted the diameter of the circle to be 3&quot;, triple it and make it 9&quot;. So then when it shrinks to 1/3 the size, it will be 3&quot;! Hope this helps!</p>
Thanks and I'd love to see how that turns out!!
<p>lovely! took me awhile to make the writer and translator work ^_^ thanks for leading me to a very interesting journey.</p><p>cheers!</p>
Thank you!!
<p>This is fantastic. I freaked when I saw the &quot;ingredients&quot;. I really thought this was goign to be an etched metal disk! Woah!! Bravo!</p>
<p>Thank you so much!! That's the look I was going for :) </p>
This is an amazing idea,so cool
<p>Thanks! </p>
They where fun to make and great to hand out at birthdays
<p>Glad you liked it! </p>
<p>Excellent work. Got to love anything Dr. Who related. </p>
<p>Thank you! Yes indeed :) </p>
<p>This is an amazing project from start to finish. Thanks for introducing me to Gallifreyan writing; its something I'll definately have to use in the future! Keep making great things :)</p>
<p>Thank you so much!! </p>
<p>Lady, this is wonderful!! I've been wanting to do something like this for a looooooong time. :D</p>
<p>Thank you so much Jessy!! </p>
<p>These are super cool! I want one!!!!!!!</p>

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