128: Puzzles

This post incorporates some of my favorite things: art and collaboration*!  Laura, of Laura Lynne Art, was looking for help with how to make her art into a puzzle.  In the past, she has made puzzles by painting directly onto a store bought one, but lasers could make the process smoother.  It's always easier cutting [...]

126: Movie Prop Replicas

There are times when my day job and my laser come together in fun ways.  You may remember project 80: The Katana Stand, or even 93: Specialized Museum Trays.  This month, museum staff got tasked to work on something a little different: Haunted Quarry.  Every October, the Batavia Park District turns the Hall Quarry Beach [...]

122: Stone Inlay

For this post, I thought I was going to explore steam bending wood, but in doing my research, I totally got distracted by stone inlay in wood.  (Bending wood will happen sometime, I promise!)  I have seen where woodworking artists used crushed turquoise to fill in gaps in turned bowls, tables and jewelry to great [...]

119: Leather Twist Earrings Tutorial

Cutting leather was one of the first projects we did on the laser, way back in Week 3: Leather Cuffs.  While there really isn't much new to say about the cutting and processing of the leather, I thought it would be fun to use some of the properties of leather (flexibility!) to make unique, laser [...]

118: Crackers

Full disclosure, guys - I did not expect this week's experiment to work.  I figured in the worst case, it would satisfy a curiosity, and I'd get to eat hand cut homemade crackers with dip.  Ryan, on the other hand, didn't know why I was questioning it, and thought cutting cracker dough with a laser would [...]

114: Enamel Stencils

I've always been curious about enameling, but I wasn't ready to buy lots of equipment for something I wasn't sure I'd do regularly.  I understood the basics of enameling - powdered glass is fired to its melting point, and it adheres to the metal beneath.  Designs can be drawn on (well, the powder can be [...]

113: Mother of Pearl Veneer

The inspiration for this week's post is Carry A. Nation, the famous barroom smasher.   Carry believed that alcohol was the root of all society's evils, and she  took hatchet to things she didn't like (namely bars, whisky bottles and paintings of scantily clad ladies).  Though some called her mad, her barroom appearances had the strange effect [...]