July 2009 Archives

orange mistake after orange mistake

eggOrange.jpg well, it's a pretty slew of mistakes.  displayed on eggshell silk no less.

I wanted to etch a painted unshelled hard boiled egg.  so I painted one. orange.  did it in 3 parts since I didn't want fingerprints in the paint.  took a day.

then it took about 5 days to get it together with the laser.  after a few days I put it in a small plastic container and stored it in the fridge.  when I pulled it out to place it on the laser table, I noticed it was kinda slimy.  but with no cracks.  was hard boiledness oozing out through the shell?  had the paint dissolved something?  I washed it off ... a bit too much ... and the acrylic paint started to come off.  I stopped and preserved as much paint as I could, drying it with a paper towel and gentle pressure.

I was going to have it tell a story, rolling it 15 degrees between line etchings.

eggOrangeClose.jpgthen decided to just see how it went with three lines of text in a one inch square.  it's kinda bearing out the message "and they / all rolled / over" but the "over" way at the bottom of the egg was a subsequent run.  the "over" from this run was right under the "all rolled" that you can see and was barely visible in my original higher res image.

I often get the question about how an etching will come out on a curved surface.  well, here's your answer.  for an eggshell.  painted with acrylics.  ok, it's a grade A large egg.  but I don't know the specs on curvature variances allowed per grade.  I think acrylic would do a bit better.  but not glass.  or coated metal (edge of laptop).  you just gotta try it.

eggOrangeOver.jpgat left - you can see that sometimes it burns all the paint away, sometimes it leaves the paint burnt, sometimes it barely marks the paint.  this was all during curvature etch testing, which, if it really mattered, I'd have to have a better setup than this to measure what I did so I could explain it and pass it on.

eggOrangeCracks.jpgthe cracks are orange.  but the orange paint didn't penetrate the thin membrane around the egg itself.
eggOrangeCurves.jpgas I was peeling, I realized I'd forgotten all about this curve that I'd cut with cold vector settings.  shows promise for future trials.  if only I could get that jig to work to spin it on the rotary attachment.

was looking up car info I swear

ok, no I wasn't.  car schmar.  but giant vulva bike taxi?!

according to this online car blog, they identify the artist as Mimosa Pale.

check out her site for many more images.

maybe these guys are the compliment.

salami cut-outs

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don't try this at home.  or at work.  the taste is absolutely totally humongously terrible!

why??  I.  don't. know.  I etch little sausages and they're fine.  every other food item I've etched I've been able to eat with at most tasting only a slight bit of a burn flavor.

but this stuff I swear turned into somehing else.  how to know which sausages work?  have any ideas?  I'll be much more wary tasting these things going forward.

a new smell from laser etching

someone told me recently about his latest onerous odorous laser etching experience.

when he laser etched a pair of jeans he'd been wearing for a while, he realized he should've washed them first.  I thought maybe the mud and dirt he had gathered reacted funny or burned.  or maybe the culprit was residual sizing left on if these hadn't been washed yet.

with only these remote possibilities in my mind, I looked at him quizzically, waiting for his explanation.

"body odor," he replied.

I'm glad I wasn't there.

someday I will stop this

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but for now, I continue to take whatever permitted substances I can find and stick them in the laser to see how they will be affected.

yesterday was no different with a hard boiled egg.  the question always is ... what mark should I make?  every item is a Rorschach test for my brain ... what kind of joke will it make this time.  I don't even feel in control.  I just present it with these items and it responds.  I know nothing.

a couple guys were in the room at the time.  as soon as one of them heard what I was going to do, he bolted, afraid of the ensuing smell.  that didn't even occur to me and I'm happy to report it didn't do that.  it did smell burnt with a hint of egg but you had to get your nose within a few inches of it.

above, a pristine freshly peeled (and wet) hard boiled egg awaits its hot fate.


eggHardBoiledFriedClose.jpgabove: in between declaring its laid fate, it also talked about being fried.  you can see a lighter burn on the bottom and a darker one on the top of the egg.

I had originally etched "I have been laid" and when I changed it to "I was laid" I got a lesson in the latter being better grammar thanks to the other guy in the room whose mom used to obsessively correct his grammar as a kid.  I talked with more people about this point and can't swear I totally get it but gee, the conversations that can ensue when one tries to etch a hard boiled egg.


what's Your latest superhero image?

why, your uterus, of course!  or the uteruses closest to you!

I love this woman's sentiments and creativity!

etch-a-sketch laser cutter

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I was gettin' kinda tired of always sending the same old speed and power settings to this machine so I added etch-a-sketch knobs, a joystick, and a sewing foot pedal.


in love with a machine

well, not just ANY machine.  a Laser Cutter.  I totally resonate with Vanessa's sentiments.  I have been known to swoon over this machine while teaching class.

laser cut and etched lanterns

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Kurt Schaefer created these gorgeous lanterns using the laser cutter at TechShop.  moved us all into a drooling mess.  he used one of those led lights that flickers irregularly like a candle.

he's always coming up with so clever, unusual, and beautiful items.  I asked him what inspired him to make these.  a pastry box, he said.  ok then.

he made a bunch for his mother's 70th birthday celebration.  oh mom, how lucky you are!

and here you can see them upside down (or right side up?) spinning in the breeze.  thanks, Kurt!

read his interesting story about how he constructed them here.

a little extra note about Kurt - for Halloween last year, his 3-year old son asked to be a brain with scary eyeballs - and flames!  what did dad do?  dad came to TechShop and sewed a costume that looked like a brain with scary eyeballs and flames.  ah, genetics.

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