New Year’s Eve Project is some shields / plaques for the 2 kids capturing their main interests as middle schoolers. These will be hung on walls or doors, but could freestand or hang from a mobile or thread.
I asked the kids to make a list of their friends, family, hobbies, and toys, and shook the generator until it made a pleasing layout. The web-site can generate words into complex shapes but for a shield I needed a simple outline - such as a star:
The default print output was a little lo-res, but for a $10 fee I could buy 5 downloads in SVG (or other hi-res format). This seemed fair and I am likely to make 5, and it feels to support independent coders and artists.
I pulled this into Sketch App (OSX) and set a better scale (15cm), drill holes and and outline cut.
I printed this on some scrap breaking board that I coated up with Silhouette brand Premium Vinyl Transfer Paper (does not contain vinyl!) to avoid smoke marks. Settings available on demand.
For a fancy finish, and to reinforce the somewhat friable wood, I cut a matching slice of 1/8" non-PG acrylic, (using PG acrylic settings), and added a carved outline and pulled one of the words onto the front.
I need to buy some shorter ‘Sex’ bolts, or perhaps a different mounting solution, and will hang it on the wall somehow.