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 1: Materials

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Here are the materials I used:

• a piece of ribbon
• a piece of orange origami paper
• a piece of 1/8-inch thick clear acrylic - approximately 2 inches x 4 inches (I found this among some scraps someone was throwing away.)
• a tiny amount of Weld-On acrylic cement

These were my tools:

• Adobe Illustrator, for creating the images
• a Trotech 100-watt laser cutter
• scissors to cut the ribbon
• toothpick to poke out one of the cutouts

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

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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

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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!

agis682 years ago
ChrysN2 years ago
I love it!
Kiteman2 years ago
Oh... This is so favourited!
egp (author)  Kiteman2 years ago
Aw... Thank you so much! I am having such fun playing with lasers...
egp (author) 2 years 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!