Silhouette Build Night at the Taipei Hackerspace Answered
We just had our Silhouette Build Night in the Taipei Hackerspace yesterday. It was a blast, I was totally blown away by the many ideas people came with, even though we barely knew how to use the Silhouette paper cutter.
We had participants of all ages, and many different backgrounds. The projects that came out of it, in no particular order:
Dog silhouette cuts: apparently wiener dogs and corgis were the most popular, most just to keep, but there's an ongoing project to do a corgi-fan (hand-held fan in corgi shape)
Custom cut name tags: because it's more fun than writing (Instructable)
Cipher grille: because secrets are always fun, and it's easier than with scissors (Instructable); in the future might try circles instead of squares, that would look much cooler (hindsight...)
Party props: most popular were lips and moustache, as usual...
Flipbook: characters were cut and glued onto the flipbook, called "The missing piece" (Instructable)
iPhone sicker: using some kind of 3D effect sticker, cut a it in the shape of the iPhone, perfect fit
Pop-up word card: know the kind of greeting cards that you open up and there's a quasi-3D scene or text? That kind!
Vitruvian man decoration: use transparencies with printed Vitruvian man, cut it out, then assemble into globes for home decor (Instructable)
Greeting card: creating a design with generous negative spaces, and use two layer of paper to assemble. Font selection is important (Techno Overload works quite well!)
All in all it was good fun. I think we've ruined our mat by cutting too deep occasionally, running test cuts without pulling in the mat to the right position, sticking the printed transparency with the printed side down, and these little things. The biggest issues were the cut setting selection (lots of trial and error), and creating the design (now we have much better idea how to make JPEGs that work well in Silhouette Studio, but sometimes it was tricky using images grabbed from the net)