Obsession knows no bounds for “Game of Thrones” fans, but one person went above and beyond when it came to recreating the iconic house sigils featured in the series.
Inspired by the descriptions of house symbols in George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire,” Redditor WholeDwarf set to work making 39 miniature shields.
She used a technique called “quilling” — a 3D paper artform that requires nothing but paper and glue to create filigree patterns.
Scroll down to learn more about quilling and this incredibly detailed art.
The project quickly spiraled into an entire set of sigils. Here's the Targaryen three-headed dragon.
WholeDwarf has been quilling for four years now. 'I have always loved papercrafts ... and kind of stumbled upon a piece of quilled artwork while looking for new crafts online,' she tells INSIDER.
'The basic process of quilling is to pick a thin strip of coloured paper and begin rolling it into a spiral,' WholeDwarf explained.
'Once the roll is large enough, you simply glue the underside to keep it from unravelling.' She uses a tiny glue dabber for precision.
She found the designs online, and then printed them out to scale for a template. WholeDwarf includes every detail possible, as you can see on this Lannister lion:
The entire project took a long time. 'I made the first 19 about a year and a half ago, then made the next 20 in spurts and stops over the last year,' WholeDwarf wrote in an Imgur post.
But others were labour intensive, like House Frey. 'I spent 5 hours making and placing all those tiny pieces for the sea and the bricks,' WholeDwarf wrote. 'It was the most boring sigil to make, but the overall effect was worth it.'
'My favourite houses sigil are probably the most difficult ones,' WholeDwarf said. 'Manwoody's hollow eyes and the way the paper loops give dimension to the cranium make me proud.'
And the flayed man of House Bolton is creepily accurate. Red paper makes for convincing exposed muscle.
'Using negative space and trying to keep the symmetry right in the Faceless man was a challenge I feel good about completing,' she says of the House of Black and White sigil.
This sigil for Varys isn't from the books. 'I found the design online and added the gold and purple for royalty and the black widow for deadly and sneaky,' she explained.
Though she's given thought to additional 'Game of Thrones' sigils, the project is done for the time being.
'I've been working on these for over a year and I want to devote some time to other projects I have been brewing,' WholeDwarf said. 'I want to do other pop culture quills like Mario, Harry Potter, Zelda, Futurama, and so much more.'
WholeDwarf frequently posts her work to Imgur and Reddit. Check out the full album of 'Game of Thrones' art on Imgur.
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