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It's there when you enter the Red Room in "Twin Peaks." It's there when replicant-hunter Rick Deckard sits down at his piano in "Blade Runner." It's a lamp with a shade in the shape of Saturn, but it's also more than that. It's a glowing thread between the normalcy of my world, the shadowy, entwining secrets of "Twin Peaks" and the visionary future dystopia of "Blade Runner."

One prop unites two famous works, stretching across film and television and time. It may not be the exact same lamp, but it's definitely the same design.

My search for the art-deco Saturn lamp started with some googling, where I found the glass lamp is attributed to a maker that manufactured them for the 1939 World's Fair in New York City, though there are also some later reproductions floating around. Details on the lamp's origins are sketchy, but they came in various colors, included frosted clear, green and pink.

The lamps are rare and they can also be very expensive thanks to their notoriety within the "Twin Peaks" and "Blade Runner" fandoms, as well as with art deco and World's Fair memorabilia collectors. A recent listing for a replica lamp on eBay had a starting-bid price of $645 (£495 AU$830). That priced me right out of the market.

I resigned myself to never owning a Saturn lamp, instead focusing on other bits of "Twin Peaks" decor. And then in June, I stumbled on a Reddit post in the "Twin Peaks" group from a user named Richy_T, titled "The Lamp from another place." The post included a photo of a glowing Saturn lamp and a link to the Thingiverse 3D-printing files to make your own. My Saturn lamp quest reignited like our long-lost Agent Cooper's love for a damn fine cup of coffee.

The lamp's history, pop-culture connections and relatively simple shapes are what attracted Richy_T to the project. Richy_T used OpenSCAD software to build the shapes. "So it was mostly a case of trying to get the dimensions from a fairly low-resolution picture of it and then transforming that into the cylinders, spheres and toruses that the lamp deconstructs into. It's not especially challenging but it definitely helps to have developed a knack," Richy_T tells CNET.

I don't have a 3D printer and the original lamps are nearly a foot (30 centimeters) tall, which makes them too big for a lot of hobbyist-level printers. First, I checked with online 3D-printing service providers, but then turned my eye to local options where I found Jacob Ondra, CEO of Sandia3D in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Ondra was happy to take on the strange request of printing off a Saturn-shaped lamp replica. He says the most challenging print he's ever done was a life-size human body model that required nearly 1,000 printing hours, so the lamp was pretty straightforward.

I went to pick up the lamp and Ondra handed it to me in a box containing the base and the two-part planet shade. I peered at it. "It's a lot smaller than I expected," I told him. And it was. I had mis-read the specs on the 3D plans. Unphased, Ondra said it was no problem to scale it up and reprint it to match the size of the originals. About a week later, I picked up the new lamp, the "Twin Peaks" theme playing in my head.

Sandia3D printed the final lamp with an Ultimaker 3 printer that could handle the size of the pieces. It's made from a crystal-clear plastic filament from FilamentOne that comes out with a frosted effect, which was exactly the look I wanted to mimic from the original glass lamps.

I ordered a set of small green LED string lights online. If you happen to have an electrician around the house (or enjoy soldering), then this next step is easy. I attached the bottom of the Saturn piece to the base, secured it with hose washers, threaded the string lights up into the sphere and let the electrician attach a new, longer cord onto the string-light controller. The top goes on with double-sided sticky tape and a little silver paint brings out the accents.

I fired up the lamp on a Sunday, shortly before a new episode of the 2017 return of "Twin Peaks" on Showtime. It glowed a bright green as familiar characters flitted across the screen.

Prop collecting and making is about connection. It's about having a piece of a fictional universe that brings you closer to that world. The Saturn lamp is a slice of "Twin Peaks" and "Blade Runner" made real. It's best when seen from the corner of your eye, where its frosted green glow hints at both a neon-soaked sci-fi future and an otherworldly place where spirits speak in backward riddles.
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And here's the other awesome necklace I commissioned from the amazing ladies at Acrylic Asylum, featuring Eerie's core trio of Marshall, Dash, and Simon.

(I was asked not to share the initial sketches because the artist who drew them felt they were, in her own words, "poop". I think it's clear from the finished product that they weren't, but, okay.)

So here they are all tidied up on the computer:

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And here they are colourized:

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And this is them after the laser cutting but before they've been peeled:

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And here they are, beautiful and finished and about to embark on their journey across the Irish sea to meet me:

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Guys, I had the best of intentions. I wasn't going to post these until the finished article arrived, but I'm way too excited and I can't wait anymore.

So a while ago I was pootling around on the Acrylic Asylum website, admiring their portrait necklaces, and I noticed they sometimes took on custom orders. And I thought, hmm, couldn't hurt to ask, right? So I scraped up a few Eerie, Indiana screenshots from Google Images and dropped them a quick message.

And guys, guys. Sian, the lady I was speaking to, had not only heard of the show, but was a fan!

Check out the amazing sketches she made for me in the initial stages:

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And then tidied up on the computer:

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And then in colour:

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And here she is, freshly cut although not yet finished:

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And here she is in all her finished glory:

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I'll post my own pictures when she gets here, but oh my glob you guys, look at this beautifulness!
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As I'm currently at home miserable with an upset stomach, this could not have arrived at a better time for a cheer up factor.

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You can get one of your very own on their Etsy store here.
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Check out the radness that came in the post yesterday! A doorknob scarf, perfect for both all my canine uprising needs and for making people in the street do a double take as they register that yes indeed, it really says knob. A plushie Weremarsicorn complete with key-shaped cutie mark. And a knitted Bill Cipher, ready to hand out horror and deer teeth at a moments' notice!

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Also seen here: FunkoPOP customs of Simon, Mars and Dash by JaDisArt, crochet Sparky by Pixelkei and altered beanie baby Sparky (aka Sprite or Sparky Lite) by Erik237.
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I just got a package from RobynLeesArtwork, the Etsy shop that is selling the sweet Marshall Teller Evidence Locker key necklace. Check out the awesome below the cut:

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And added bonus, the girl with the creepy clown doll who haunted tiny night-restless me back in the day:

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Which is another way of saying, holy shit there is a lot of sugar in those weird little iced cakes - no wonder it's attracting the risen dead. Also a red velvet mocha with whipped cream and eyeballs and pop!Simon looking on in unbridled horror.

HAPPY EASTER!

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Dark chocolate and mango hot chocolate with orange and black sprinkles in an Eerie Trio mug by JaDisArt

Vanilla cupcakes with white and milk chocolate swirl icing, skull and pumpkin sugar shapes and ghost-topped cocktail sticks

Marshall and Simon FunkoPops by JaDisArt

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Sparky 2!

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Before Christmas, I got it into my head that I really really wanted a plush of Sparky, Simon's three-headed Hellhound from the Microwave-verse. I poked around on Etsy and contacted a few artists there about possibly taking my commission.

As you know, I got a super-awesome crochet Sparky from PixelKei, as well as an adorable bonus sketch of him before she started work.

One of the other artists I contacted was Erik237, who alters Beanie Babies to form new, weird creations. At the time I asked, he was full up with time-sensitive work for other people and couldn't take me on. I said thanks for getting back to me, and went on my way.

Fastforward to mid-March and I get an Etsy convo telling me he went ahead and made one, and would I like it? Here are the pictures he sent me:

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Obviously I was like, hell yes, and he made me a blank listing and shipped my three-headed doggo out.

Whelp, he just arrived, and he is awesome! Check him out below:

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And here he is with POP!Simon:

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And here he is with wool!Sparky:

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And lastly, here is wool!Sparky break-dancing on Mike's head:

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Look who arrived today! Excuse me, I must wave my arms around and scream "aaaah! aaaaah!" in delight for a few moments.

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And, as added bonus, Simon and his best doggo:

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Check out JaDisArt's DeviantArt page for more of her work and commissions info!
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I bought this from Conjurer's Kitchen to give as a birthday/Valentines gift later this month, but I thought this community might enjoy seeing pictures of it before it becomes a few scattered crumbs on my living room floor:

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And as a bonus, have a picture of a Hellhound trying to devour a human heart:

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