I designed and made my own handbags in the Makerspace! They're almost entirely laser cut wood (with the help of some living hinges), with some laser cut leather thrown in as well, and I even got to whip out my sewing machine for the first time in a while! I wanted to put together a design that, although done myself, didn't look "DIY" -esque, but instead more like a designer handbag.
I shared a couple of photos of Resin Geodes I had made last week on the Makers Workshop Instagram story and had numerous DMs asking for a full tutorial, so here it is! How to Make Resin Geodes.
There are many fantastic tutorials out there on the internet, and this is my method. I tried to structure this video in a way that if you want to make your own geodes at home you can follow along and give it a try. It's a lot of fun and they *almost* always coming out looking pretty neat.
I find playing with light to be so inspiring in the shop and there is something about luminaries that feels cozy, and inviting. I've seen amazing paper laser cut luminaries done and I wanted to take it up a notch and use wood and epoxy resin to make it my own; Here's now it went!
I love lanterns. There is something about them that draws me in and if an idea pops into my head for a new project design, there's pretty good chance it is probably a lantern or light fixture of some sort. I also love designing for CNC machines. I've been on a metal working and welding kick so a natural next project felt like *drum roll please*
a CNC Plasma Cut Lantern.
We don't have a CNC plasma cutter at Makers Workshop so I called up our friend Richard from 42 Fab who agreed to cut my design for me in steel after I prototyped it in cardboard. I am pretty psyched with how this design turned out and learned a lot along the way.
It is almost Valentine's Day and since the beginning of time Sara has always thought up the most creative and over-the-top ideas for class Valentines (always homemade, by her of course). This year was no exception! Check out these resin hearts she made with real Candy Hearts inside. And also let us know in the comments if you actually like how Candy Hearts taste. They look cute but they're gross... right?
Creating vector files is necessary for using many of the digital tools in our workshop, including our Laser Cutters. There are a wide range of ways to produce these files, and I wanted to make some snowflakes to show off one of the simplest ways I know, and use often; Adobe Capture. Once I got going this spiraled into a December-long activity with all of our members here at Makers Workshop. Give it a watch and check out what we did! The Laser Cut Snowflakes came out just how I hoped they would.
Happy New Year!
I love Monarch Butterflies and started working on this oversized piece of wall art last spring. I envisioned resin in laser cut wood as the perfect effect for life-like wings. I also 3D Modeled the body to take LED strip lights so the butterfly could serve as soft lighting. I couldn't be happier with how this came out.
Halloween is coming up and I wanted a rose to go with my costume. I could buy a rose, but that really isn't how we do things here. So I welded myself a rose.
Happy Halloween Everyone :)
Follow along as Brooke puts together a DIY Baby Name Puzzle for her niece using our Carvey CNC Router! This would make a great gift for a baby shower, a first birthday, or just because for someone you love.
The best part is that this uses a simple design and is a great CNC Router project for any skill level.
#SharkWeek is coming up, and sticking some shark fins into resin seemed like an appropriate way to celebrate! Follow along with me as I put together this Resin Shark Fin Lazy Susan for my back porch. Now I have a shark diorama at my fingertips, at all times. Enjoy :) See Below For the Full List of Materials and Tools I Used, with links if you want to make this, or something similar! Most links are affiliate links; which helps us out a little bit if you use them.