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Make an Alethiometer
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A Golden Compass that looks and feels just like the one in the book

Alethiometer


On the night before Lyra and Pantalaimon leave Jordan College, The Master gives the little girl and her daemon a strange and mystical looking device called an Alethiometer, and bids her keep it a secret.
. . . The Alethiometer is a magical compass that points to the truth. Only six have ever been made. This one once belonged to Lyra’s Uncle, the great Lord Asriel, and now as Lyra’s epic journey to the Arctic Circle to find her uncle and uncover the truth about Dust begins, she wonders why she has been entrusted with it’s care.
. . . The Golden Compass film is currently in post production and will be ready for us to see in December later this year. Can you wait? Have you read the book (called “Northern Lights” in the UK) and can't wait to see the film? Well one way to pass the months ahead is to start making your collection of His Dark Materials Models. Top of the list must be an Alethiometer, Alethiometer at an angle so I know that you will want to make and own a beautiful authentic looking Alethiometer of your own. So here it is, one of the coolest projects on dadcando, an Alethiometer, just like the one on the cover of the book.
. . . It’s not a quick project, but if have a spare weekend and you would like a really lovely version of the Alethiometer, then follow these instructions carefully, and what you make should look just like the one pictured here, that we made.
. . . We used an old model makers’ trick to get the gorgeous curves without using a lathe, using a profile for shaping filler, and the domed glass is nothing more than a small piece cut from the shoulder of a 2 litre fizzy drinks bottle.
. . . The best filler to use is a two part auto-body repair filler (car filling resin). It is very cheap and when mixed up properly, sets rock hard in a few minutes allowing you to build up layer after layer in an hour or so. However you can use quick drying decorators’ filler. You'll find all the templates, graphics and guides you need are right here, including an amazing downloadable printable of the icon ring and the engraved dial back-plate. All the images are as accurate as I could make them from the reference in existence. There is even a cut-out printable for the hands. So what are you waiting for? You can see that Dominic and Danielle have already made their versions of the Alethiometer (that’s what inspired us to get making one).

The templates and instructions are available in both A4 and US Letter format and on separate downloads (because you might well need to print out the templates more times than the instructions. So remember that you will need at least one copy of each. Just click on the image that you want to download it. Remember to select the image for the correct paper size and make sure that your printer isn’t trying to resize the image for you. The Instruction file is quite large, so be patient while it downloads, but then you will appreciate the quality when you’re done.




Alethiometer instructions

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Alethiometer templates and graphic printables

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Yay101202303's Make an Alethiometer
Posted by Yay101202303 - I'm a bit younger than then recommended age, but i was able to make this and be pleased with it. Sorry the picture is blurry. Spacer
Demodemo's Make an Alethiometer
Posted by Demodemo - Our Alethiometer is made from MDF cut on a CNC router, and the "glass" is a piece of acrylic which I put in an oven and placed over a ring and pressed gently with a cloth to make the bulge.Spacer
 



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