3D printed Queen of Hearts. Source: WhiteClouds
3D printed Queen of Hearts. Source: WhiteClouds


The Queen of Hearts is a character that appears in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, typically shortened simply to Alice in Wonderland, written in 1865. The tale still enchants and enthralls readers today, with many book and film adaptations, and countless works of art featuring characters from the book.

The Queen of Hearts is sometimes mistaken for the Red Queen, who appears in the sequel, Through the Looking Glass. The Queen of Hearts is a playing card who rules over the land, and who loves to threaten executions with her famous saying, “Off with their heads!” Usually the King of Hearts pardons those who were to be executed.

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Model Specs

Designer: Kyle Gifford

Number of Layers: 634

Layer Resolution: 89 Microns (Slightly thinner than a human hair.)

Build time: 3 hours, 17 minutes

Dimensions: 6.5 x 2.5 x 5.5”

Printer: ProJet 660Pro

Software: Maya and Photoshop

Fun Character Facts:

  • The illustration of the Queen of Hearts, by John Tenniel, was inspired by a stained-glass window of Elizabeth de Mowbray, Duchess of Norfolk.
  • The painting of white roses to red may be a reference to The War of Roses between the House of Lancaster, symbolized by a red rose, and the House of York, symbolized by a white rose. The House of Lancaster won the War of Roses with the victor, Henry Tudor, taking the throne.
  • In the Disney version of Alice in Wonderland, the Queen of Hearts also has the characteristics of the Red Queen and the Duchess.

Designer Note:

Gifford states, “My interpretation of the Queen of Hearts varies from her traditional look for many reasons. The first being that I wanted to try something different; the Queen is always depicted as a large, psychotic woman, and I wanted to design her character as more alluring and modern. The second reason comes from print limitations: Designing a larger queen would use quite a bit more material, making her more expensive.”

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