Monday, November 24, 2014

Changes needed to accomodate new smaller laser cutter

Since getting our new smaller laser, I have had to redesign many pieces to fit the 12" x 24" working space that has replaced our old 15" x 30" working space.  Making larger wall pieces has meant creating a new version.  Above is the new layout - basically about 23" x 23".  In this piece we painted the upper and lower halves different colors.  Sometimes we paint the whole piece the same color, with the curved joint line sort of disguising the fact that it is not all one piece.  The dancers are our regular size - about 15" tall each.  We like it.  Having to rearrange our designs and our cutting layouts has made us re-think a lot of our designs, which has been a nice creative challenge, and has resulted in some new designs.  The main problem has been that if we are working with current designs, we seem to end up with a lot of odd leftover space on the new smaller blanks.  Thus the reintroduction of Art Start mentioned earlier.  Lots of cool creative shapes to be made from the "scrap".  I have posted a picture of one of the layouts below, showing all the miscellaneous parts that end up in Art Start!

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