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

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!

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! 


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    6 weeks ago on Introduction

    TechShop has gone bankrupt. That's what I learned when I tried their website link.


    6 years ago

    My friends were talking about doing laser cut deli meat for pizza toppings. This is really great.

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    Reply 6 years 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 ;-)