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This week The[Crafty]Gamer features Katy Creider from Tulsa, OK, who has crafted these incredible plush GlaDOS personality cores. What’s even cooler is each one has a voice box installed so you can have your very own GlaDOS core spew its memorable sayings with a good squeeze. If you made it to the end of Portal you’ll recognize these talking plushies (though you probably don't want to incinerate them). Read on to find out how Creider put these amazing cores together and how you can get your hands on the rare items. Full Name: Katy Creider Age: 26 Hometown: Tulsa, OK Occupation: Banker Creation: GlaDOS Personality Cores
What sorts of challenges, if any, did you come across when putting them together? How did you resolve them? My biggest challenge with the spheres were the side pieces. I had a few prototypes that had the handlebars as shown in Portal. The problem was the handlebars wouldn't stand up properly on their own and would almost hang around the spheres. I eventually scrapped the idea and ended up sewing the spheres without them. I might eventually add handlebars when I can figure out a way to do it while still keeping the spheres huggable. Most people would've just stopped with the plushies, but you went the extra step and added a voice box. How did you do it? Why add the voice box? The voice boxes were a must. When the idea came to me it was based around the thought that I had to make them talk. I searched for days to find a suitable voice box. I finally found a recordable one that holds 10 seconds of sound. They were made specifically for plush animals so the setup was perfect! I then found voice tracks ripped straight from the game and recorded them to the voice boxes. Once sewn in behind the pupil, a single press of a button will get the spheres talking. Everything just fell into place.
Will we see more video game-themed art from you in the future? If so, what are you thinking about making? I am always thinking of new ideas and new characters to make. Luckily, I am surrounded by other gamers who always have ideas and requests for me. I've had a few ideas running around in my head that involve the voice boxes. Currently, I'm designing patterns for talking Gyroids from the Animal Crossing universe. I'm sure more talking plushies will show up in my store shortly! Keep an eye out for them. ;) How can we get our hands on these personality core plushies?!The spheres are available through my Etsy page at penguinotic.etsy.com. The store is barren at the moment due to the overwhelming response to the GlaDOS spheres! I have a running pending list that anyone can request to be added to. As things get finished, I am able to contact the next person in line. I appreciate all the love everyone is showing! It means the world to me! Thank you so much!The[Crafty]Gamer has officially moved from the Editor Blogs section to the Features section. Check out our previous entry on Jeff Dokken and his Pac-Man painting that shows a side of the pellet chomper we've never seen. We are regularly looking for new entries, so if you'd like your work featured, please send me an e-mail to express your interest and I will follow up with details: firstname.lastname@example.org.