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How to Laser Candy: Lebron James Ring Pop

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Have you ever wanted to customize candy using a laser? Or perhaps you've always wanted to make a customized NBA championship ring much like the one featured in this video, but don't have the time or money. If either one of the above statements is true, this instructable is for you!

 
 
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Step 1: Find an Image

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Find the image you want to etch onto your piece of candy. The ring maker in the aforementioned video chose to replicate The King's face. I decided to replicate Lebron's logo, an L and J with a crown on top. Google Images is the best.

Step 2: Edit the Image

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An image by itself is boring, right? Use Adobe Illustrator or CorelDRAW to edit your image so it's only black and white. It's also important to keep it simple. Remember, you're etching onto a small surface so don't overdo it. I added Lebron's last name and number to this jem.

Step 3: Get Ready to Print

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If using a 60 watt Epilog laser such as the one I used at TechShop San Francisco, set your speed to 100% and power to 35%. It worked for me, so obviously it will work wonders for you.

Step 4: Print Already

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Print your awesome design! This 8th wonder of the world took just 7 seconds to appear. That's more time than Lebron needs to sink a game winning field goal.

Step 5: Impress Royalty

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Show off your one of a kind piece of candy to kings and friends alike. Which ring do you like better?
That is pretty cool! How did you make sure it would center on the ring pop?
Do you have more detailed instructions regarding using the laser to print onto the chocolate somewhere? It is a very cool technique and I'd love to explore it further.
Kiteman2 years ago
Oh, this is an awesome idea!

Does the laser alter the flavour of the candy in any way? I'd imagine that the might be some sort of caramelising effect going on?
TechShopMatt (author)  Kiteman2 years ago
Not that I noticed! I kind of goofed on my first iteration and was hungry so naturally I decided to eat it. It tasted, well, like a ring pop.
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