Here's another Star Trek Voyager prop I've always wanted to make.
Tuvok's Vulcan Meditation Lamp, purchased from a Vulcan Master .... who promptly raised the price when he saw that Tuvok was a member of Starfleet. (True story that, as told by Janeway )
This meditation lamp appears in plenty of episodes, and it is this one
The first step was getting the dimensions, and this is the method I used.
From this screencap, I calculated the width of the thinner edge in comparison to the width of the hand and the length of a finger. Got it to be approximately 5cms.
The length was a semi-guesstimate, and I got this by positioning my hands like the above screencap, and placing a ruler across the hands. This I calculated to be roughly 23cms.
With those basic measurements in hand, the rest was easy. The height I calculated from this screencap.
And the side contour came from this one.
So off it goes.
Traced the contour of the lamp from my PC to act as a guide, as well as the view from the top using the measurements. The other scaled details were a matter of proportion.
The medium I chose was balsa wood, as it lends itself to shaping very nicely. Since I didn't have a thick enough piece, I glued one on top of another for the thickness.
Traced the outline of the lamp, as well as the ones for the top and bottom parts.
The top and bottom parts, however, required three 'tiers'.
No lathe , but nothing some elbow grease can't handle
And then some more.
Once shaved down to the approximate shape, sandpaper took over
Voila. Main Body is ready.
Onto the bottom part ....
... and then the top.
All parts covered with filler.
Screencap trace comparison for guidance.
Stuck bottom and top parts on and filled the gaps with filler.
Made sure main body was totally level.
Drew the Vulcan symbols from the screencaps to transfer to the top.
Sanded, primed and all painted
But something was missing.
That's much better now
And on display.
.... and a tip - NEVER light a fire in a prop room. I almost learnt the hard way