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 [...]

91: Bokeh Filters

This week, at Jennifer's suggestion, I took a look into creating lens filters for my camera that would allow us to create custom-shaped highlights in bokeh photography. Firing the laser at some simple black cardstock, I carved a 2" diameter circle with some tabs to mount it to the zoom lens enclosure on my camera. In the [...]

87: Shrink Plastic

You remember shrinky-dinks, right? I spent a good handful of childhood afternoons trying to cook little plastic cartoon characters alive. As it turns out, they've had this shrink plastic material as letter sized sheets perfect for inkjet printing for years now! Jen picked some up on a recent trip to the craft store and this week, [...]

82: Pop-Up Card

Whenever I see a papercraft project online that involves a lot of precise x-acto blade cutting, a part of my brain usually reserved for laying out SNES SimCity towns activates and taunts me, "Oooh, you could do this hour long cut in like one minute! You should totally make one of these!" This totally happened [...]

71: Buttons!

Okay, this one has been on the list forever, and it was so easy it almost feels like a cop out. But the results are pretty adorable! Buttons have a history stretching back at least 5,000 years, and are as often decorative as functional. They can be made of nearly anything - wood, plastic, shell, [...]