Fishbowl Pendant - a first laser-cutting project

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This is a quick and easy project to make on a laser cutter. (I just joined TechShop, and I now have access to all kinds of wonderful equipment, so this is probably the first in a series of "I made it at TechShop" Instructables.) This project assumes that you have already  had some training on safety and basic use of your particular model of laser cutter. My directions are agnostic - they should work whether you are using an Epilog or Trotech machine.
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Step 2: Files

I drew my fishbowl and fish in Adobe Illustrator. You may download and use these files, or draw your own using your favorite vector drawing program.

Step 3: Cut out the fishbowl pieces

Following the instructions for safety and basic use of your laser cutter, cut out the pieces of the fishbowl. You will have two outside pieces, and one inner piece with a cutout space for your fish. Depending on your laser cutter settings, you may need to use a toothpick to poke out the holes for the ribbon - the acrylic will be warm, and if you don't remove the hole pieces promptly, they can get stuck.

Step 4: Cut out out your fish

Now cut out your fish. (Again, follow the instructions for safety and basic use of your laser cutter.) Origami paper is wonderful stuff, but it generally has color on only one side. So that your pendant can be viewed from either side, you can use the double fish shape and fold it along the tail.

This is super cute! I love it!

agis681 year ago
ChrysN1 year ago
I love it!
Kiteman1 year ago
Oh... This is so favourited!
egp (author)  Kiteman1 year ago
Aw... Thank you so much! I am having such fun playing with lasers...
egp (author) 1 year ago
Thanks! I had great fun making it. Found the scrap of acrylic, and thought, "What can I do with this?"

One detail I forgot to add: The paper goldfish fits snugly in the cutout space, but because the acrylic is thicker than the paper, the fish moves slightly when the pendant is shaken, and this tiny movement makes me irrationally happy.
Oooh! I love this! I love the overall effect and the look of the fish in the tank!