The excellent Prop Culture series on Disney+ is the inspiration for my latest recreational design – The Star of Astoroth from Bedknobs and Broomsticks. The show is all about key props from films that fall under the Disney Banner from Mary Poppins to The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. It got me thinking about my favourite Disney prop that I could potentially replicate with my 3D printer, and my mind instantly went to the magical talisman from the 1971 film.
Using screenshots captured from the hi-def version of Bedknobs and Broomsticks on Disney+ I created an STL of the legend ‘Traguna Mekoides Trecorum Satis Dee’. This involved using Photoshop to isolate the text, Illustrator to smoothly trace it, and then Photoshop again to turn the text in a 3D model. The main shapes of the medallion were also created using adobe Illustrator and then imported into Photoshop for conversion to 3D for 3D printing.
I really wanted this replica to look as accurate as possible, with the cartoonish black outline and what appears to be black embossed text. To create this effect I decided to create inlays for the front and back that I could paint in the right shade of mottled green, and then glued into the main body of the medallion which was printed in white PLA and then sprayed black.
The finishing touch was 1m of wide purple ribbon from ebay, creating a combination of the physical prop and the illustration of the medallion seen in the book in the film.