Hogwarts Ticket Frame

I made this for my girlfriend as a gift. She's a big Harry Potter fan, as am I, and we recently went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Florida. While we were there, we had to go to the gift shop in Diagon Alley, and we purchased this movie prop ticket reproduction. It's on a nice parchment paper with gold leafing, an example is shown.

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Step 1: Collecting Materials

I went to my local Michaels, purchased the frame (it was 8"x10", but the website only showed 5"x7"), purchased some nice 12"x12" red foil paper, and some 12"x12" gold textured paper. I started by measuring the frame, as the dimensions list 8"x10", however that is the size of the back opening, not what the photo size is, which doesn't matter as the ticket is 4"x7".

Step 2: Time for AutoCAD

So I planed to use my Silhouette Cameo CNC cutter. These things are great for crafts and other uses, and I'm using AutoCAD with mine to make this intricate design.

I started with the Gryffindor crest (as she's in Gryffindor) and started to figure out how best to draw this. I imported the crest into AutoCAD as an image, and starting using arcs, lines, and polylines to create the finished crest in AutoCAD as vector lines for the Cameo to cut.

Once I had the logo, I then had to figure out the dimensions of my frame, where the ticket was going to go, and how to have this all looking nice. I started with drawing the dimensions of the frame in AutoCAD (8"x10" 1:1 scale) and then drew in the small offsets for where the glass actually was (can't remember but I think it was 3/16"), and what was going to be seen. I added a small outline for a border of the gold paper, and the outline of the ticket itself as to where it was going to go in the red. I then took my newly minted crest and added that in as well. I used green centre lines to make sure everything was very square.

All of this work is to make sure the cuts are looking nice, as trying to do the crest by hand would probably not work out with my hands. Once I had this, I removed the unnecessary lines to only show the cut lines for the Silhouette Cameo, and exported it as an .dxf.

Step 3: Time to Cut

I imported the file into the Cameo Studio software, and placed the red foil paper onto the cutting mat. The paper comes 12"x12" which is perfect for the size I need, and the same size as the cutting mat. I then let it cut twice, and took out the mat, and removed the paper. My blade was super dull, and it ended up only removing the red foil from the paper backing, which resulted in a nice stripped effect. As you can hear from the video the machine is loud, however it is on a metal table.

Once it finished I went over the lines with my blade, and a metal ruler to cut out the frame for the ticket, and to trim back the red to reveal the gold outline. Once this was done, I cleaned the glass inside and out, and placed the paper into the frame.

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    3 years ago

    This is really cool! I'd love having something like this. Nice work :)

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    SmithCo Designseamster

    Reply 3 years ago

    Thanks so much! Try it yourself if you can, I posted the files free to use, or you can try to cut it out yourself if you're steady with a craft knife.