Lego Lettering: Bone Font

This is the last font that I’ll talk about for now. I call it the Bone Font. This font uses a technique that involves bars and clips. The basic steps are taking a brick with stud on a side, putting a clip into its hole, and clipping a bar onto the clip. Since the clip can rotate freely, the bar can “write” a stroke in any direction.

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Here’s an example of letter A with this technique.

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This bar here doesn’t have to be a “bar”. It can be a sword, a gun, or any minifig accessories that can be clipped into a clip. Such as the following.

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The key to make an alphabet with this technique is that you need to have a coherent group of these “bars”. This group needs to be different in length but similar in width and style. One such group is the bones. We got two different bone pieces in two different length. Add in 4-long and 3-long bars and tooth piece, we got a nice group of “bony” parts.

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With these parts we can make the full alphabet.

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One difficulty in making this type of font is that you can’t put the clips and bars too close to each other. They won’t fit inside the a small space. For example, let’s compare the letter O and Q. You can see that there isn’t enough space for a clip in the lower right corner of O. Therefore we need to replace the bone pieces with teeth to make space. To solve this issue, we’ll need to place the clip far away from the bars, since the location of the bars cannot change. To place the clips in the right location, you need to move the brick with a stud on the side around. This sometimes requires a bit of SNOTing, for example see letter H.

Download the LDD file of this Bone Font here.

Letter Bone (36.8 KiB)

 

Chinese Character

Originally I came up with this technique for writing Chinese characters. So here’s an example of the Chinese character 武 (meaning martial art).

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