My Laser Thursday project tonight was to frantically make little presents for some friends of mine I’ll be seeing tomorrow. When I left my last job, I left behind a team I really worked well with and I definitely miss them. There’s a tech conference tomorrow in town that a group of them decided to go to – partially on my recommendation since I went last year and it was great. When I realized a couple months ago that so many were going, I knew I had to make them something. Being me, though, I put it off until nearly the last minute!
One of the my personal slogans is “check the obvious things” – my first official laser thursday project was to make a basic sign with that on it. My old team members know that slogan well as I had a (boring) paper sign of it up near my desk and, more importantly, would ask them obvious questions when they came to me with problems.
So I decided I should make something with that theme. Here we are:
It’s late so I have to be a bit quick describing this.
Materials: Padauk with a single coating of spray shellac and a regular metal keychain ring.
Design: You’ve seen this keychain fob before in pictures. For this one, @Shell slightly changed the shape for me and then I added the main slogan fitted to a curve parallel that end of the fob. The decorative bits below it are the same slogan but in some random wingdings-like font that Illustrator had. This struck me as a good programmer joke.
On the way I learned a few more illustrator / drawing skills and now I know how to apply spray shellac!