107: Thick Acrylic

A few months ago, my friend Arty got in touch with me and said he had "some thick acrylic" left over from a recent storefront revamp at a mobile phone store. Not really knowing what I was getting into, I said "hey any scrap material that I can laser is good with me!" Much more [...]

97: Utilitarian Fridge Shelf

As I've written about before, even when there's not much creativity involved, the laser platform allows for all sorts of functional usefulness. In this case, local friend Brenn once again provides a fun project: replacing a lost wire shelf in his mini fridge. We measured the space and cut a prototype out of cardboard. It's a [...]

85: Sticker Sheets

As part of a custom order of Ingress badges, I recently had a chance to revisit kiss cutting. I'd played with the process a few times before but not on 52lasers projects. Kiss Cutting is one of the most popular methods for creating pressure-sensitive labels. During the kiss-cutting process, the perimeter of each label is [...]

80: Katana Stand

This past Sunday, I presented the 3rd Annual "Art in the Parlor" presentation with Art conservator Scott Sherwood. (For those not in the know, my day job is curator for the Aurora Historical Society, in Aurora, Illinois.)  It's one of my favorite presentations all year.  The format is that we choose 4-5 "objects d' art" [...]

78: X-COM Shield

Owing partial thanks to the awesomeness of fluorescent green material, I put together a custom piece for a client this week that blended appreciation for two things: the X-COM series of science fiction video games and the real world United States Army Special Forces. We decided on a parody of the X-COM shield design, cast [...]

76: Membership Cards

Not too long ago, I discovered that an order of acrylic stock from a few months ago included some incorrect materials. I mistakenly ordered some 1/32" thick acrylic without adhesive, when the order was for stock to make self-adhesive frame labels. While I was wondering whether to go to the trouble of seeking a correction [...]

72: Bending Acrylic

This post resulted from Rebecca of Hugs are Fun asking if a thin piece of acrylic could be bent for a bracelet.  Challenge taken, and the answer is yes, it definitely works! My first thought was to try to boil the plastic to heating, like they do to make toothbrush bracelets.  This seemed potentially messy [...]