I’ve been making gifts for as long as remember. And, although I know people do not want to impose any obligation, the pressure of tradition is there, and sometimes when a gift occasion is coming up, lack of time is a problem. I’ve often said I should first build a time machine to solve this.

Well, lately some devices have become available to the common maker that can play the role of a time machine to some extent: laser cutters, CNC milling and 3D-printing.

The layered acrylic rings presented here are an example on how I use this. While ordering parts laser cut from acrylic sheet of different colours, I added ring sections to the design files. These "prefab" ring parts save a lot of time.

Gluing, sanding and polishing still involves some handwork, so the handmade gift statement is intact ;-)

With the parts cut to the right size it takes only about 20 minutes to make one finished ring (without power tools). And it doesn’t make much of a mess if you work in a basin or something like that.

Obviously the colour combination is chosen to fit the taste of the intended recipient. I find the best effect is reached with transparent colours (here the amber, brown and violet) and translucent colours (like the red here). But opaque colours (white, black) give nice results too. The pictures in the following steps are from the making of  a black-and-red ring not shown in pictures above.

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These look great.

Have you ever used acetone as the bonding agent?
While, it takes a long time to cure, it is extremely cheap and works extremely well.
masynmachien (author)  SlickSqueegie2 years ago

I know of it, but I haven't tried it yet.
wow, these are really nice!
masynmachien (author)  emilyvanleemput2 years ago
These are really neat, what a cool project!
masynmachien (author)  CaterpillarArts2 years ago
sunshiine2 years ago
These rings look great!
masynmachien (author)  sunshiine2 years ago
janw2 years ago
Very nice!!!
masynmachien (author)  janw2 years ago