Laser cut artworks inspired by nature

Leaves, MC Escher’s Rippled Surface and some sci-fi just for fun

Using a laser cutter to add physical presence to 2D artworks can be really effective, as these recent explorations from Maxime Beauchemin show. Having kicked things off with a rather elegant laser etched ATAT walker, he then moved on to more everyday ephemeral visions.

Pictured above is an acrylic replication of MC Escher’s iconic Rippled Surface print, where Maxime faithfully recreates the layered illusion of water surface, reflected trees and rippled distortion.

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Going dotty over laser cutting

When Jens Clarholm built his impressive DIY laser cutter, he was well aware of the limitations imposed by the low powered laser. While it may not cut through wood or steel, it does do a very neat job of cutting paper.

One great way he has explored this is by having a play with StippleGen2, a nifty program from Evil Mad Scientists. The program uses a special algorithm to convert an image into tiny dots. There are a number of ways to manipulate how it does this, as the calculations are repeated over and over again and the final graphic is refined. StippleGen2 is easy to use and a lot of fun.

For this experiment, Jens chose an iconic image of Louis Armstrong playing the trumpet.

After letting StippleGen2 crunch the numbers for a while I imported the resulting vector graphic file into inkscape and generated the G-code so that I could use my laser cutter to cut the image into black paper.

The cutting process took a little over 2 hours, which isn’t too bad when you consider that there are over 1000 holes in this particular image.

There is a lot more that StippleGen2 can do, so if you are intrigued by Jens’ experiment you can have a go with StippleGen2 yourself or learn more about Jens’ DIY laser cutter here.

via JensLabs

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Bonded Forever designs and sells jewelry for cancer patients, survivors and their families. A portion of the proceeds from every sale are donated to cancer research and patient care.
Bonded Forever Jewelry

In September 2010, Cassandra Hoo faced a difficult situation that ultimately served the as inspiration behind her jewelry company, Bonded Forever.

When her mother was diagnosed with stage IV cancer, Cassandra Hoo wanted to give her a gift that would help her feel grounded, safe, & surrounded by love. “I designed and made a beautiful pair of earrings, a bracelet, and a necklace with semiprecious gemstone beads that I thought would create a soothing, nurturing, and positive effect on her.”

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Soon the jewelry became a hit with friends and family, and Cassandra was inspired to create an entire line of jewelry that could help bond people together during hard times.

With her mother 100% cancer-free, Cassandra teamed up with Ponoko to do her part to help cancer patients and their families.

“A friend of mine, who is professional jewelry maker and designer, suggested that I try Ponoko. I was really pleased that Ponoko offered so many materials and the flexibility of making as much or as little product as I wanted.”

With a little help from her graphic design inclined father, Cassandra created a new laser-cut jewelry line that showcased her beautiful logo.

In addition to her site, Cassandra sells her jewelry at trunk shows and craft fairs locally in the Philadelphia area. Cassandra is also raising funds by participating in this year’s “Get Your Rear in Gear” Philly run.

You can purchase Bonded Forever pendants and more at Bonded Forever Jewelry, and read her blog at bondedforever.org

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