So I decided to make some gifts for people this christmas and I used my glowforge to make most of them.
For my mum I made this little humming bird pendant. I cut it out of walnut (took a few goes to get something that didn’t immediately disintegrate) then I put it on a sheet of acrylic and sealed round it with hot glue then filled in the holes with some epoxy resin mixed with various colours.
I used superglue as polish to get a lovely shine and I put it on a generic silver chain I bought. I also made a small box to put it in and had some fun doing some inlays into the wood (cherry and walnut) I made it with a laser cut hinge and little magnets to latch it then used some flocking material to fill the inside.
I originally had a border round the finger joints in the lid to make it look like a checkerboard but the wood I used was a little warped and didn’t fit quite right and got worn through when sanding. I also realize that the top inlay pattern is a bit umbrella corporation from the resident evil games :s
For my dad I made a cutting board with some wood inlay pieces cut on the glowforge an onion made with maple and purple heart and a tomato made with maple and padauk then the main board being walnut maple and purple heart. I used my other woodworking toy the shaper origin to cut the pockets for the inlays. I gave it a good treating with food safe mineral oil and butcher block conditioner it looked pretty good the top piece of walnut went quite dare and makes it hard to see the onion but the rest came out great.
Finally I made this little substitute christmas tree decoration using edge lit acrylic on a rgb led matrix so I had 4 layers all etched/scored/cut with different patterns. The result was pretty nice powered by a bluetooth microcontroller I can change the colours as I please.
Anyway I had a lot of fun making these things and hopefully my parents will enjoy them.
Happy Holidays everyone