The boys and I headed down to 757 Makerspace today after a little bit of a hiatus. Great to be back and such a fun afternoon!
We got to use silicone molds to cast some snowflake ornaments, the customize some glass ornaments with the laser cutter. Creative, hands-on afternoon and some really original ornaments to bring home. Justin said we should plan to make a custom ornament every year. Great idea!!
Here are a few pics.
We worked with the liquid plastics last year when we were first introduced to mold-making. Last year we made this cool storm trooper using the same technique.
This year Beau had snowflake molds already made up and ready to go.
Both times we used Smooth-Case liquid plastics, mixing two part solutions that you pour into the mold, wait for it to cure, and voila! (provided your measurements were solid) 🙂
Most times we have tried it it worked great. Today one of my my snowflakes flopped, but we quickly mixed up another one.
While the casts were curing, a small group of us headed over to the laser cutter. We were able to design the images and text that we wanted on our ornament, then watch as the laser cutter did its magic.
Pretty amazing that the laser cutter can hold and laser cut so many different substances – even wood, stone, and in our case glass.
Always lots of great creative energy around Makerspace – and today was no exception. 🙂