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Gallifreyan Pendant: Something Nice by Fandragon Gallifreyan Pendant: Something Nice by Fandragon
I'll be going to see "The Day of the Doctor" at the theater tomorrow (didn't watch when it was broadcast yesterday. No spoilers!), and THIS is the pendant I'll be wearing. I finished this a while ago, but only just got around to photographing it tonight. Someone on the internet (probably several someones by now) has pointed out the (intentional, I'm sure) similarity between Gallifreyan writing and the gears and cogs of a watch movement. Which made this piece inevitable, I just had to wait until I found the right watch. The front is a circle of maple, with a recess carved along the inside back of the ring to hold the watch plate. I glued another circle of wood (walnut this time) on the back, and then added some extra rings on each side. The top is a piece of cherry wood, and since I sliced that VERY thin I lined the hole with one of the brass o-rings I use to make faux typewriter keys. And of course I painted one of the wooden rings TARDIS blue, just because.

The name of this pendant comes from a story about my sister :iconllyzabeth: at a bead show in Raleigh. She'd just found some lovely beads at an Asian-themed booth, and asked the man running the booth if he could translate the Chinese kanji that were painted on the beads. The gentleman looked them over (the writing was REALLY small), came up with a few words, "Beauty in spring...lifetime...friendships last...", and then handed it back to my sister, "Something nice."

I love Gallifreyan writing. It's so elegant and alien. And so far I've completely failed to learn anything except the first letter to my first name. So I don't actually know WHAT this says, but I'll just assume it's something nice. For all I know, that could be the literal translation. 
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Llyzabeth Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I love how delicate it is, yet that bar at the top is so substantial, it must be really neat to pick up.

In a related story, when we went to China my friend and I bought our orchestra conductor a silk tie to make up for having missed a couple rehearsals. It was dark blue with all these pretty yellow Chinese characters all over it. He later asked a friend to translate it, and all she'd say was "It's very poetic, and it doesn't say anything bad." If you asked the Doctor to translate the characters in the control room of the TARDIS, I bet he'd say the same thing.
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Fandragon Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
I always wish I could see the thought pattern behind those kind of vague translations. "Can't be translated." "But surely you know in a roundabout way what it says." "Yes, but you wouldn't be able to understand it." Mind boggling. 
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