I was approached with a design for a coaster using a Reuleaux triangle in the middle. It is a shape of constant width so it is able to rotate within a square just like a circle would. I made some tweaks to the design like putting in a lip on the middle layer to stop the shape falling out. It works and is fairly functional but it's not very smooth and it squeaks as it turns, I've yet to come up with sensible solutions to those problems.
The T-Rex is the last of the Dinosaur range for the moment, I have the knack of drawing now and the style and also I ended up buying 36 embroidery skeins so I'm sure there will be lots more variation in the future. For now, here are the dino buddies, happily playing together.
Another embroidery dinosaur, this one was much quicker to draw and now that I've found an embroidery needle it was much quicker to sew (please ignore the snag on the back like I did :p). I'm pleased with these so I expect I'll be putting a set of three up in the store shortly.
I think the title just about sums it up, I was looking at some of the Cotton Clara designs and I was inspired to make my own embroidery designs based upon dinosaur shapes. I think they'd make fun little kits for kids.
In a slightly strange obsession I've developed I've started trying to cut some edible materials. I've cut gingerbread in the past and it works ok but it's a bit stinky. This was a sugar cookie recipe I tried. As you can probably see immediately there was a big crack appearing on the surface before I even started cutting. The laser seemed to go through it easily and a lot of smoke came out from underneath, a sure sign it cut all the way through, turns out it hadn't though. When I eventually broke the shape out there appears to be a seam running across the middle of the biscuit too which made it snap in half that way. A bit of a failure all round and it was still stinky and didn't taste very nice so time to move onto the next recipe.
As I mentioned a lot of games use rune systems, upon seeing my previous runes I was asked to make a set for another game, I wanted to make these more ornate than previous runes so I engraved a pattern onto the base tile and then outlined the rune on top of that (The inside of the rune isn't engraved with the pattern)
I was asked to envisage a currency system for a futuristic LARP game. I came up with these denominational coins, each value has a different shape and colour to signify it's different value. The number is engraved on the reverse so it adds depth to the token. There are fine details drawn with line art on the top to replicate the intaglio printing found on banknotes. Finally each curved section was made with the same curve, this means each coin can tessellate on it's own sheet to optimise cutting but they also tessellate with the other coins to form more interesting patterns.
I tried a couple of different styles with the plastic backing sheet but ultimately I think they work best with the whole thing peeled off before cutting the details.
Dawn recently made this stunning electric drill cake and casually mentioned that it would have been cool if the drill bit was rotating. I jumped straight on it and made this little unit which could rotate a plastic tube around a metal shaft. The threaded rod can support the cake and the drill bit can be applied to the tube. The plastic tube comes off the threaded rod to allow it to be decorated easily.
Sadly I don't think there are any videos of it rotating but I did take a video of the motor in action.