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From Shadows Teleport Return Device

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The next prop for 'From Shadows' was this teleport return device. Units teleport into hostile territory and this is the gadget to teleport them all back again. This one has some added electronics to make it more interesting. A big red button activates the device once the small switch has turned it on. The whole thing counts down from 10 before flashing some lights to signify it's active. A nice big handle on the top makes it easy to carry. Although it's large it's pretty lightweight because it's poplar ply. The whole thing was painted with metallics and sprayed with varnish to make it water resistant. 



From Shadows Rad Field Generators

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From Shadows Larp recently ran it's third event and I had the fun of making quite a few different props for them this time around. First up was this set of rad-field generators. Most of the shaped pieces are laser cut, the vertical poles are broom handles cut in half and the fluorescent orange core are stacked gears that were cut out of the cake rings. Texture was added to the base plate but refocusing the laser to make 5mm wide beam, this was quick and easy and showed through the paint finish.


The whole unit was primed with grey paint and then sprayed loosely with army green cans, the lack of complete coverage actually gave it texture and interest. The poles were sprayed with metallic silver paint and the gears with the most fluorescent paint I could find. The upper part of the unit was only inserted loosely into the base so they could be dismantled for storage and removals. One lucky feature is that the two sides slotted together to take up half the space in storage.

Kickstarter fulfilment

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With another successful kickstarter firmly in the bag I'm not stuck in the fulfilment doldrums. I've just about nailed a quarter of the puzzles in the last week and now that KS has paid out I'm good to do the shipping. It always surprised me last time just how long it actually takes to bundle orders into envelopes and label them all correctly. Whole days were spent making sure the right things went into the right bags. Hopefully I'll be a little more efficient this time round and then it's just onto more and more puzzles. The most common tier was for all eight puzzles so in theory I have half as many customers this time round anyway which should make things a bit quicker.
I've been having some interesting ideas and experiments with the machine too while doing all this cutting so I should be able to squeeze in some more sensible posts as soon as I get this stack moving on to their owners.

Mystery Gaming Tokens

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A lot of the time I just make what I'm asked to make without delving into the details. These gaming tokens follow along those lines (Although I have been promised the rules at some point). They're cut from 9mm poplar ply to make them nice and chunky and I even managed to find 18 different colours to try for these sample sets. Each game requires 4 sets of 12 so I ended up making 4.5 sets for sample.



Bingo Balls

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I recently had cause to engrave a bunch of wooden bingo balls for a project. I bought some cheap 40mm balls from the internets and stained them with some indian rosewood strain. The numbers themselves were engraved and outlined on both sides of the balls to make them easy to read from multiple angles. The balls were held loosely in place under the laser head, lightburn really helped with this project because it allowed me to set the reference point as the centre of the image. I could align the red dot to the very middle of the ball and know that the number would be centrally aligned.

Foam Scales

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A bit of a sad one for these scales. They were for a cosplay costume based on Avengers Endgame. It turns out that 2mm foam was too thick for the scales and the 1mm foam didn't arrive in time for the convention. These scales were cut on my newer laser though and the RF tube seems to have made a lot of difference to the vertical cuts. The 100W glass tube blasts away a big 'V' shape in the foam where as the 30W seems to have cut away just enough with minimal reflections. I shall cut more foam on the faster machine in the future.

Custom Coffee Stencils

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I was asked to make some custom coffee stencils but I wasn't really sure which material would be best so I tried a range of different types and thicknesses. I think the Petg worked the best of the three materials I tried, it cut quite nicely once it had been masked front and back with vinyl transfer tape.