Magnetic Prints: Fridge Art

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The company I use to produce my aluminum prints also does fine paper prints. They offer them with sturdy styrofoam on the back so it gives the print a solid structure. I had a roll of sticky-backed magnetic strip lying around so I applied it to the back of the butterfly print and it held to my refrigerator very well! I love the look of artwork on a refrigerator now I see the appliance as a blank canvas now.

These paper prints with styrofoam backing are significantly cheaper than the aluminum prints, and look almost as good, especially with the “metallic” finish. As such this brings the price point down from $50 for a 8″ x 10″ on aluminum vs $25 for a 8″ x 10″ on styrofoam backed fine paper. I’m excited to order some of my new shots onto this medium and see how each of the different finishing options look in real life.

I will probably be including a sawtooth hanger backed onto the styrofoam so you can hang it on the wall if you don’t want it on your fridge. I find with these magnets that this art fits in well in my cubicle and helps to brighten the mood at work. Keep following to see further work in this medium.


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Laser Saber

 

cutaway view diagramvery bright table light dremeled topI was experimenting with some old lasers and found that the way lasers shine through clear polycarbonate is simply incredible. It’s extremely bright and reminds me so much of a lightsaber. I designed a handle in Solidworks that accommodates common batteries and lab laser modules that are available on ebay from China. I found it much cheaper to just buy a very powerful laser pointer from China so I used this instead and found some special square swirled acrylic “rod” to use as the blade. I bought hundred of dollars in neodymium magnets that I still have to glue to the ends of the acrylic and laser to attach the two in a flexible type of joint so you can battle with friends. This project is still in it’s infancy but more pictures will come!

Wicked Bottle Openah

The Wicked Bottle Openah is a very special bottle opener. Never before have you been able to represent your love for Massachusetts and love for beer all in one! The keychain edition is shaped geographically perfect to Massachusetts’ border and is great for the Mass-fan on the go. The MAssHole edition is the ultimate bottle opener and beer shotgunning tool. It slips comfortably onto your middle finger and you can send bottle caps flying using Cape Cod, and western Mass easily punctures aluminum beer cans for when you want to seriously get your party on. This one is also small enough to throw onto a keychain.

Different anodized colors will be available, with laser etching on the top portion for whatever you want! Your name, a recipient’s name, even your Sorority’s or Frat’s name in Greek!

I recently got trained on a plasma cutter to make prototypes which did function, but I am currently quoting out a die cast mold and waterjet cut prototypes so stay tuned for further development.

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Night Safety Light

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You look into the distance past the drizzly dark trees and see a thin shaft of bright blue light. As you get closer you realize it’s a person with a night safety device on their backpack. They are clearly seen from miles away, and with increased visibility at night they have no reason to fear hiking, biking, walking or jogging when it’s dark. Using magnets the user can easily swap out different LED modules to make it their own.

I found visibility in Boston at night time and in inclement weather while walking, commuting, jogging, biking, or skateboarding to be a big issue as cars and bikers would frequently come too close for comfort. Wearable lighting really doesn’t exist yet but I’d love to make it happen. Not only does it super cool and eye catching, but it could save your life or another’s.

Jewelry Castle

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This piece can easily hold many sets of earrings, bracelets, rings, and even necklaces. The top is open so when you get home you can toss your jewelry into the center of the castle or arrange it on the top. These models were hand made in pottery, but an injection moldable version would be far more manufactureable and would result in cheaper parts. Perhaps out of clear acrylic or polycarbonate with an led light pad on the bottom?

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AuroraBora Fountain

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The AuroraBora fountain throws splashes of light around the room. These dancing and flowing colors mixed with the soothing bubbling sound of the fountain combine to create a unique decor piece for the home or office.

This first prototype was made out of a glass vase from Michael’s, an LED pump found on Amazon, tubing from the hardware store, and glass rocks from the dollar general. It cost me $35 to make, and I sold it in my parents’ shop for $50 after having to mark it down. A polycarbonate molded version would be cheaper while maintaining the amazing light show. Would you be interested?

 

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