Difficulty - 3/5
Duration - 3/5
|You know you want them...|
|Or trying to fix one. Or inadvertently turning it into a time machine. |
5s are pretty much reserved for all toaster-related activities.
|If only life was more like a Wes Anderson movie...|
This particular endeavour is relatively painless but if, like me, you don't have a great deal of experience drawing then you might find that it takes a little more effort than it otherwise might. OK, so first off you'll need:
- A set of coasters (oh look, a handy hyperlink)
- Some little sticky foam circle things that should come with the coasters
- A porcelain pen or two
- A craft knife
- Some printer paper (and a printer)
- A paperclip (I'll explain later)
- Hands - yes, I'm afraid this is not a phocomelia-friendly activity
Once you've acquired these essentials we can get started. Now I had a heck of a time finding any of the sigils from the books online, the internet is predominated by fan versions or the sigils from the TV show, so I've scanned them in (completely against copyright, of course; all credit still goes to the original artist though) and uploaded them for you to use. That said, if you'd rather use your own design or the TV sigils, then yeah, cool, whatevs. Not like I took the effort to give you these ones. No, it's fine. Really.
Step 1: Templates
First thing you'll need to do is pick a sigil to start with and print it out in a size that will fit your coaster. Again, as I said earlier, this is the civilian-friendly version of doing things; if you're a fancy shmancy artist who can do shit free hand then go be talented where the rest of us normal people can't see you. Dick. We're happy with our safety scissors and tracing, thank you very much.
|I'm like fucken Zorro with this thing.|
Step 2: Drawing
Now we want to position the template wherever we want it on the coaster and stick it down nice and flat. Take the porcelain pen and start tracing round the edges:
|I'm way better at staying between the lines than I was in primary school.|
|Oo, yeah, I like it deep...|
Step 3: Mottos
Once the sigil is dry you can go back and do the same for the house mottos. There's a great online Game of Thrones font generator that you can use to get an approximate style of font to use for the template, which you can then copy and position wherever you like on the design. Obviously because you're cutting out letters this bit is a lot more pernickety (a technical term) than the sigils, so take extra care not to tear the paper when doing so; I found that putting a strip of tape on the back of the paper gives it a little more durability when cutting. Then all you do is stick down, fill in, peel off, recolour and scrape away any stray bits of ink as before. Job's a good'un.
|That tiny little white speck is really getting on my nerves... *tries to wipe screen*|
Step 4: Baking
The last thing to do is a bit of baking; I know, this project has it all! Depending on which porcelain pen you've got this might change, but with the one I used (and linked to above) you need to bake each coaster in the oven at 160 degrees Celsius for half an hour; that's 30 minutes if you're using Imperial measurements.
|Do not eat the foam circle things. They are not marshmallows.|
|A demonstration of safe coaster use. If you're having trouble, please ask an adult to help you.|