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Smaller LEGO Chess Set Complete

July 22nd, 2008

Back in May I started on a Smaller LEGO Chess Set sized for 4×4 squares, which is the size of the official LEGO chess set boards.  Finally, today, I have completed a full set of red and yellow pieces.  Here it is, on one of the official boards mentioned above.

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Legend of Zelda LEGO Mosaic

July 7th, 2008

I’ve built another video game mosaic, this time inspired by The Legend of Zelda from the original Nintendo. (See several other video game mosaics posted in mosaic category). Once again, I found a cross stitch plan to use as a guide, this time on .tastethehappy.

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Like I did with the Pacman LEGO Mosaic, I’m showing a thumbnail-sized image here, because it simulates seeing the mosaic from a distance, which makes it look more realistic to the game. (The thumbnail links to the full-sized image.)

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LEGO Picture Frame

June 10th, 2008

With only two days left until my Children’s Museum Workshop, I’ve decided to make a change to the project I will be doing with the kids. I was planning to do Small Square Mosaics, which I did previously with my son’s Cub Scout Den. However, after my post yesterday I thought it might be better to do a project both artistic and functional. So I decided to switch from a simple square mosaic to a picture frame mosaic.

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Shown above is my sample, which I made by moving the bricks from my original square mosaic sample to this base plate.

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LEGO Pen and Pencil Holders

June 8th, 2008

You might be a LEGO fanatic if you build practical household items out of LEGO. Just in case I needed any more evidence as to the degree of my LEGO addiction, here are a couple of LEGO Pen and Pencil Holders I’ve built.

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These are simple projects to do with kids, and for some reason remind me of the wood and metal shop projects I proudly brought home in junior high school. I think my parents still have the letter holder I made in wood shop when I was 15 years old in their kitchen.

The leftmost item above is a 1×1 LEGO 10x Brick, which is the same dimensions as other two items. See below for more pictures and details. READ FULL ARTICLE »

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Robotron LEGO Mosaic

June 4th, 2008

Yesterday I wrote a post showing off my Robotron LEGO Sculptures. I was happy with how they turned out, but they are very fragile. So I decided to incorporate them into a mosaic by building a black background and embedding the sculptures one stud deep. The effect is a relief, studs-up mosaic, similar to the lettering on the BrickPlayer Logo Sculpture.

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Robotron LEGO Sculptures

June 3rd, 2008

I’ve created another arcade game LEGO project, inspired by the early 80’s game Robotron. This time instead of another mosaic, I built small sprite sculptures. They are shown below positioned to simulate a 3-D screen shot.

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Pacman LEGO Mosaic

May 31st, 2008

Here is the latest in my series of retro video game inspired LEGO mosaics. As with the Super Mario Mosaic, this was also built from plans I found on Sprite Stitch.  It was hard to pick which images from the plans to use, but building the mosaic was simple and took me less than an hour.

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I decided this time to post a thumbnail-sized image which links to the full-sized image. I did this because I think seeing it about the size of actual game makes it look even more realistic.

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Cutting LEGO Base Plates

May 27th, 2008

Generally I’m a purist when it comes to my LEGO projects. Specifically, I don’t usually modify LEGO elements in any way, including bending, cutting, painting or otherwise destroying them. However, I have made one exception to this rule, which is that I sometimes cut LEGO base plates when I use them as mosaic backing.

Shown below is my Packer Logo Mosaic in both its original rectangular form, and newly modified form with cut base plate.

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I very happy with the cut base plate result, and prefer it to the original design. This change also has an added bonus – it frees up the white border bricks for other projects.

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Super Mario LEGO Mosaic

May 21st, 2008

This is my third retro-video game LEGO mosaic, following the Dig Dug and Pengo mosaics. My previous posts featured coin-op games I played in the early 80s. Not long later, I got my first computer (a Commodore 64) and it wasn’t until a decade later that I got back to playing much besides C-64 games. (Eventually I will probably build something C-64 related because it was such a big part of my life for many years.)

Super Mario Bros 3 is the game that pulled me back into console gaming and I’ve played this game on and off ever since (now I play it with my kids on our Nintendo Wii). When I set out to find a good image to use as a guide, I found an excellent website Sprite Stitch, which has tons of retro-video game inspired artwork. I found exactly what I needed for this project along with many other plans and ideas for future projects.

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I built Mario flying past one of those cute clouds with the eyes, which Sprite Stitch also had plans for. This is the same 32×32 baseplate as my other video-game inspired mosaics. After finding this website, you can count on seeing at least a couple more video game related mosaics from me.

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Pengo LEGO Mosaic

May 14th, 2008

After building the Dig Dug LEGO Mosaic a few days ago, I visited a couple retro-gaming websites and reminisced about the coin-op video games I played as a kid.  In doing so, I stumbled on another childhood favorite of mine, Pengo!  In general, this game was a less popular, but still one I loved.  I realized it would make a fun little mosaic, so I built one.

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I’ll probably build a few more of these before I get bored with retro-game mosaics.  There are at least another 5 games from this early 80’s era that always seemed to get my quarters, and they all have the same blocky 8-bit graphics that are so easily adaptable to brick mosaic form.

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