Friday, 11 August 2017

Reuleaux triangle coaster


I was approached with a design for a coaster using a Reuleaux triangle in the middle. It is a shape of constant width so it is able to rotate within a square just like a circle would. I made some tweaks to the design like putting in a lip on the middle layer to stop the shape falling out. It works and is fairly functional but it's not very smooth and it squeaks as it turns, I've yet to come up with sensible solutions to those problems.


Monday, 7 August 2017

Geometric Embroidery T-Rex


The T-Rex is the last of the Dinosaur range for the moment, I have the knack of drawing now and the style and also I ended up buying 36 embroidery skeins so I'm sure there will be lots more variation in the future. For now, here are the dino buddies, happily playing together.


Sunday, 6 August 2017

Geometric Embroidery Triceratops


Another embroidery dinosaur, this one was much quicker to draw and now that I've found an embroidery needle it was much quicker to sew (please ignore the snag on the back like I did :p). I'm pleased with these so I expect I'll be putting a set of three up in the store shortly.




Saturday, 5 August 2017

Geometric Embroidery Velocirapter



I think the title just about sums it up, I was looking at some of the Cotton Clara designs and I was inspired to make my own embroidery designs based upon dinosaur shapes. I think they'd make fun little kits for kids.



Friday, 4 August 2017

Lasercut Sugar Cookies


In a slightly strange obsession I've developed I've started trying to cut some edible materials. I've cut gingerbread in the past and it works ok but it's a bit stinky. This was a sugar cookie recipe I tried. As you can probably see immediately there was a big crack appearing on the surface before I even started cutting. The laser seemed to go through it easily and a lot of smoke came out from underneath, a sure sign it cut all the way through, turns out it hadn't though. When I eventually broke the shape out there appears to be a seam running across the middle of the biscuit too which made it snap in half that way. A bit of a failure all round and it was still stinky and didn't taste very nice so time to move onto the next recipe.



Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Yet More Runes


As I mentioned a lot of games use rune systems, upon seeing my previous runes I was asked to make a set for another game, I wanted to make these more ornate than previous runes so I engraved a pattern onto the base tile and then outlined the rune on top of that (The inside of the rune isn't engraved with the pattern)


Monday, 31 July 2017

Cake Baking


We baked cakes, of course letting Hazel chose something from the Halloween cookbook probably wasn't the best idea but a good time was had by all. They were yummy too.




Sunday, 30 July 2017

Currency System


I was asked to envisage a currency system for a futuristic LARP game. I came up with these denominational coins, each value has a different shape and colour to signify it's different value. The number is engraved on the reverse so it adds depth to the token. There are fine details drawn with line art on the top to replicate the intaglio printing found on banknotes. Finally each curved section was made with the same curve, this means each coin can tessellate on it's own sheet to optimise cutting but they also tessellate with the other coins to form more interesting patterns.

I tried a couple of different styles with the plastic backing sheet but ultimately I think they work best with the whole thing peeled off before cutting the details.





Saturday, 29 July 2017

Electric Drill Cake


Dawn recently made this stunning electric drill cake and casually mentioned that it would have been cool if the drill bit was rotating. I jumped straight on it and made this little unit which could rotate a plastic tube around a metal shaft. The threaded rod can support the cake and the drill bit can be applied to the tube. The plastic tube comes off the threaded rod to allow it to be decorated easily.
Sadly I don't think there are any videos of it rotating but I did take a video of the motor in action.




Friday, 28 July 2017

Second Number Display


Vale LRP has two distinct alliances, two sides of the war battling against each other. This means I often get to make the same thing for both sides but they should be done with different styles. This number display was done in the style of my church windows. The LEDs shine through a piece of thin flexible wood veneer so when they are off the whole thing just looks like a piece of wood. This display was fixed into the infernal machine along with many other parts I've made for it, 5 Point Iris, Planetary Gears, Knife Switches and Filling Mechanism

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Curved Lid Box


The curved lid that I vacuum glued veneer over was used to make this box. It was made quickly to look like a wooden chest but it was never intended to be functional. The side panel is made from a single section so that it always stays open and the lid can't close. The whole thing was skinned in a wood veneer to make it the same colour as the lid and some metallic card was wrapped around the box to look like bindings. Inside the box is a scroll of paper that is used to display 'mystical' numbers. I will write about that project as soon as I get it back but for now I'm missing photos of the hardware.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Wargaming Counter Bases


Using the same magnetic counter technique I had on the Tigris counters I made up these bases which track the stats of the character sat on it. It's all a little bit small and fiddly but it was functional. I think it would need another iteration to actually be useful.


Monday, 24 July 2017

Zaros Godsword


Another collaboration with Eldritch, this is the Zaros Godsword from Runescape. Using this image as a reference I was able to draw up and cut the sword, although I quickly realised the sword in the image isn't straight so I had to take a few liberties with the final piece. It's built like a normal LRP weapon with a carbon fibre rod core and multiple layers of plastazote LD45 foam. The finished piece was glued, latexed and coloured by Eldritch.



It's a bit hard to see on the white foam but the blade was actually engraved with a design.



Sunday, 23 July 2017

Gluing curved surfaces


I wanted to make a curve lid for a classic pirate style treasure chest, I didn't really consider it before making and before I knew it I had stacked dozens of pieces of 6mm ply into a pile to give me the right shape. It doesn't leave a very nice edge though so I decided to skin it with a piece of flexible wood veneer. I started by gluing the veneer along one edge of the curve but I didn't have enough clamps to hold it in place across the whole surface. The solution is to vacuum seal the whole thing in a ziplock bag. It's a very simple process where I sucked the air out of the back once the curve had been glued and this provided suitable pressure to hold the veneer in place until the glue had dried. I use evo stick wood glue with resin that grips the material in about 5 minutes. After that point you can remove the item from the bag and it will dry properly over the next 24 hours. I didn't take any specific pictures of the lid but I'll have some images of the box soon. 





Saturday, 22 July 2017

Welsh Masters Item


I made another item for the Welsh Masters this year, this is their logo cut from 2mm mdf, there was another layer which went on top and brought out the details of the face but I've misplaced the photo.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Nespresso Pod Holder


While not completely my own build, a friend bought a wall mounted nespresso pod holder and was worried about the pods scratching the wall. I simply cut a sheet of polypropylene to go behind it which is lightweight, cheap and should prevent all scratching. 




Thursday, 20 July 2017

Character Shrine


I found a picture of my goblin character, that I engraved as a test piece, in the pile of scrap wood I was burning on the camp fire. I put it up in the tent and it became a mini shrine, in a self indulgent moment I decided to elaborate on the joke and made this whole mini shrine devoted to the character. It hasn't received any gifts yet but it was a fun little build.


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

My Vale Runes



I ordered a large jailers key ring to hold my own set of runes and when it arrived I quickly realised that the hole wasn't large enough. This was a good excuse to cut my own set of runes from real wood instead of ply, this is 2mm oak. by converting the runes to a trapezium shape I was also able to achieve tessellation for a very efficient use of material. 


Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Vale Runes


Like most LRP games Vale has a rune system, each rune forms part of an alphabet and also has an inverse rune. I created a set of runes which include the description but also have the inverse description on the rear. These runes are used to help focus the rituals for the game and invoking the right combination of runes is the difference between success and fail for a ritual. I put a simple string hole in these with the intention that whoever gets them can tie the ones they're currently using to their own kit.