Well we had some delicious curry last week, and started a debate which will continue for some time; should we buy a laser cutter or a 3D printer? Opinions in the comments below or on the mailing list.
I was also going to write about the laser-cut Christmas baubles Martin made, but he’s already done it himself. Admire them on his website.
A surprisingly successful set of workshops were run over the last month, on soap-making, useless machines, and knitting decorations for christmas trees from chainmail. The useless machines workshop was run by Martin and was very successful. Those who missed out on buying a kit on the day may buy direct from him on his website. For those who don’t know what a useless machine is, participant ntoll wrote it up, including a video.
The soap-making workshop started with some serious demonstrations of melt and pour soap and how to add dyes and pigments, but got very rapidly experimental. Unfortunately there are no picture’s of Mat’s mustard-dyed “soap”, which is probably all for the better.
Pat ran the chainmail workshop, and taught how to make simple European 4-in-1 and European 6-in-1 with coloured rings to make trees. This went well and the chainmail forest is shown below.
On the success of these workshops, we shall definitely organise more, although not quite so many together. Any suggestions for workshops to be made via comments, Twitter, Facebook, the mailing list. And roll on GeekSanta 2013!