I've been having fun playing with the laser cutter and after making one stencil postcard and mailing it cross country I figured that I'd need to make another. Only this time it was going to be made out of three pieces of acrylic and have a sliding internal piece that would highlight one address at a time. The pictures here don't quite do it justice, but you can see what it looks like in its two states.
Hit the next step to see what's going on.
Related project: Stencil Postcard
Step 1: The Pieces
The three main pieces are cut out of white acrylic with a sub-piece cut out of black acrylic. Going from left to right these are:
Piece 1: Top layer with both addresses completely cut out with a laser cutter.
Piece 2: Middle layer with large hole in the middle that is big enough to encompass both addresses.
Sub-piece: Rectangular pece of black acrylic that is slightly narrower than the gap and roughly half as tall
Piece 3: Plain backing layer.
All three main layers had screw holes cut out in the corners. I could've glued them together, but the screws allow the finished piece to sit on a table without the acrylic getting scratched.
Step 2: Screw It
Screws, washers, nuts, and a hacksaw. Good times.
Step 3: Ready to Be Sent
Play around with the finished piece, take loads of photos, and go to the post office to mail it off. When they ask you if you want to put it into a bag or a box just say "no" about four or five times until they give in.
Here's a blurry movie of the final piece in action. Sorry for the Drunk-o-Vision, but I didn't want the addresses to show. This at least gives an idea of what's going on.
Step 4: Success!
it took four days, but the card made it all the way to Brooklyn. My friend Matt took it apart to see if there was a message inside (there wasn't), but was able to put it all back together. Maybe one of these days I'll see it again. It's fun to send off a final project knowing that that's probably the last time I'll ever see it. Now all that's left are the memories, an instructable, and a blurry video.