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Doctor Who: Time Lords of Gallifrey

For years, I've been trying to figure out what material to use to make a Time Lord collar. A suggestion from James Barnes (also known as etherealtentacle (at) yahoo (dot) com ) finally solved the problem: craft foam. It can stand upright, but it's still lightweight and very easy to work with.

I've found craft foam at Wal-Mart, Jo-Ann's, Michael's, Hobby Lobby, etc, under the brand name "Fun Foam." I used the 2mm thickness. James also devised the pattern for the collar. I've included the pattern and some tips for how to assemble it at the bottom of this page.
I've also used craft foam to create matching skullcaps for the Time Lords. However, the dolls can't wear the collars and skullcaps at the same time due to how close to the neck the collar fits. Phooey. I'll have to take pictures with the skullcaps later.
Someday I hope to to use craft foam to create 1:6 scale Elven armor. Which is appropriate, since I only learned how to use craft foam thanks to an on-line tutorial on making 1:1 scale Elven armor out of craft foam. A while ago, someone on FantasyNet (Brennil?) posted a link to that web site: Haldir's Elven Archers & Crystal Ball Costumes web site.
You can find their tutorial if you click on the "Fun Foam(Penwiper)" link on the left-hand side of that web page.
James Barnes (also known as etherealtentacle (at) yahoo (dot) com ) created the pattern for 1:6 scale Time Lord collars that I used. Feel free to use it and adapt it for your own personal projects. (Pattern not for resale or for the production of overpriced-eBay-type sales, you know the legalese disclaimer drill.) Read below for some tips for how to assemble a Time Lord collar, and for the pattern itself at the bottom of this page.


Trace around your pattern pieces with a ballpoint pen, drawing directly on the craft foam. Cut out the pieces, then hand sew the pieces together along the shoulder. (I believe it's called a blanket stitch or a saddle stitch.) In these pictures, James used tape to hold together a prototype. You'll need to use thread instead of tape.

Put the collar on the figure and gently heat the craft foam. I turned on my electric stovetop burner and held the figure and foam maybe a foot above the heat source. Keep your distance. If you get too close, the craft foam will melt. You should be able to hold the figure and foam comfortably in your bare hands. You can press the foam lightly with your fingers to shape it over the figure. (If you look at the collar, you can see how it curves from concave at the shoulders to convex over the chest. A little gentle heat created that curve.)
Apply several coats of watered-down white glue to the collar. (One part Elmer's glue to two parts water.) This adds strength and support and smoothness to the collar (or armor, or whatever you're making). Apply a few coats of metallic paint, then "seal" the paint with another coat or two of the glue mixture.

Glue fabric trim(s) of your choice to the collar. Metallic cords turn corners and create sharp points more easily than ribbons do. On one collar, I applied some coats of gold paint to the strip between the parallel lines of black fabric trim, then "sealed" the paint with another coat of the glue mixture.

Glue the "hook" part of a hook-and-eye closure to the back side of both front pieces of the collar. Along the opening of the Time Lord Robe, hand sew a thread loop to serve as the "eye." Unlike the metal eye, the thread loop will match the robe fabric so your Time Lords can appear without their collars as well.
Use a laser printer to print several Seals of Rassilon on a tranparency sheet. (You can buy transparency sheets at Staples or other office supply stores. Transparency sheets go through laser printers and copiers just like paper. When I had an inkjet printer, the ink smeared and rubbed off of the transparency sheets.) Paint the back side of the seals with gold paint, then cut out the seals and glue them to the collar, one on either side of the neck opening. Apply another coat or two of the glue mixture to seal in the Seals. Feel free to save the image I've included here and to use it for your own projects.


Pattern Pieces for Time Lord Collar