Friday, 25 December 2015

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from me and Just Add Sharks. It's been a busy year and I'm well behind on Project 12 but maybe I'll be able to squeeze a 10th project out before the year end.

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Gingerbread Deer

The last of my gingerbread experiments for now, there are bigger plans for the new year and more food stuffs to cut but we'll see what happens.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Gingerbread Tree

I had a whole sheet of gingerbread to cut so I measured the thickness and calculated an appropriate slot in the material to make a 2 piece Christmas tree. Nothing too fancy, below see it decorated by a child (who also drew and laser cut the gingerbread, by which I mean me)

Plywood Production

This article from Kitronik about the plywood production process is actually really informative and useful. I use plywood in my machine almost daily and it's something I never thought about before. The log peeling is particularly clever.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Cake Update - Washing Line

The washing line cake also got iced and was presented to Christopher Biggins live on stage apparently. I chuckled when I saw this video clip of it in operation the day before the show.

Laser cut gingerbread

It's Christmas and I know it is possible to laser cut gingerbread so I thought I might as well give it a try. Eli and I made a batch from the BBC recipe and he rolled it all flat using some 6mm ply as guides for the rolling pin. The bread expanded to 10mm thick and I drew some shapes for the laser. We went really slowly 2 passes at 10mm/s @ 80W and on the second pass could see smoke coming out the honeycomb so knew it had cut through. We were left with this intricate snowflake 10cm across and a rather nice negative of it too. (svg here)

Monday, 21 December 2015

Cake Update - Flying Carpet and Smoking Lamp

Aladdin's Magic Carpet got covered in icing and presented to the actors at the Panto. I don't have any video of it moving while iced but it does look pretty good. The lamp had a steam train smoker in the end of it so it was puffing smoke throughout as well.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

BB8 Cake with all the Icing

Dawn has now finished icing the BB8 cake and the results are incredible. Check out the video over on her facebook page