Holy Jesus on Toast ... or ... How to Make a Killing on Ebay!

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Who wouldn't like to have breakfast with Jesus?  Well, now's your chance!  On Ebay, you could pay $28,000 for this opportunity, but now for the low, low price of $4.50 for a loaf of bread, plus the normal TechShop membership fees, you can have breakfast with your favorite lord and savior.

Here's how to do it...

  • 1 Slice Bread
  • 1 standard kitchen variety Epilog Helix Laser  (See Note 1)

Note 1:  What?  Oh you don't have one of those in your kitchen?  Well, go get yourself a membership to the TechShop!  I just discovered the place, and it's totally awesome!  (I made it at TechShop)

BTW, If you like this, then please click me a vote in the Bread contest :-)

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Step 1: Start with an image you draw or find on the web.

Here's the image I started with.   I cropped the dark boarders, but was under a time crunch, so I didn't vignette the image well, so the final toast has sharp edges at the bottom.  Not the end of the world, but not great either.  If I do it again, I'll vignette the image a little better & probably go to an extreme of contrast.

Step 2: Slap the toast down, and print!

It took a couple of minutes of experiementing to get the settings right.  For the 60 watt Helix Epilog laser at TechShop, I used 300 ppi, 50% speed, and 100% power.

This bread was quite dense and moist.  I think I'd have better lucky by pre-drying the 'canvas' for a few hours.  As it was, I couldn't get much grayscale at all, only pretty much brown and white.  I think with pre-drying, and a more uniform bread, you could get some great images.

Step 3: And.... Toast it up in a real toaster and fool your friends!

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After lasering the whole loaf, or a few slices anyway, go home (it is around midnight when you get done lasering anyway).  In the morning, slap the slice into a real toaster, get it nice and toasty, and fool your friends and family.  It worked on my friends! 


CobyUnger1 year ago
My friends were talking about doing laser cut deli meat for pizza toppings. This is really great.
ccrome (author)  CobyUnger1 year ago
Hey, let me know how it comes out, or post an instructable.

Be sure to sell the peperoni on ebay -- I only take a 10% commission ;-)
jenengjen2 years ago
I love it!
ccrome (author) 2 years ago
Oh no! I just found this instructable! :

I can't believe I was scooped. Dang... it's hard to come up with a new idea...
rimar20002 years ago
Very clever. Maybe you could make something like this using a stencil made of metal sheet.
ccrome (author)  rimar20002 years ago
I think there are *many* ways to do it. You can buy an actual toaster that does it:. But that's a single-tasker. The ultimate kitchen multitaster is a laser :-)
poofrabbit2 years ago
I am sickly very amused by this. :)
ccrome (author)  poofrabbit2 years ago
That's what I'm here for ;-)