Maker in the making!!

I am really enjoying my job at TechShop Pittsburgh!

Over the three weeks I have worked there, I have taken three classes after hours:

  1. Professional Product Photography,
  2. Heat Press and Vinyl Cutter, and
  3. Basic Soft Circuits.

In the Professional Product Photography class, Adam and I were able to light and photograph a cross-grain trivet that Adam is making from reclaimed walnut, maple and oak.

Adam's in-progress trivet photographed with a DSLR camera and professional three-point lighting. We are still working on our post production (this has been changed to greyscale), but we are excited about the potential.
Adam’s in-progress trivet photographed with a DSLR camera and three-point lighting. We are still working on our post production skillzzzz (this has been changed to greyscale, and it definitely needs more post production love), but we are excited about the potential for getting high-quality still photos of Adam’s work.

 

In the Vinyl Cutting and Heat Press class, I made a shirt. The vinyl cutting and heat pressing were extremely cool, and I’m pleased with the result.

Katy holding the strip of heat-press vinyl which has already been cut on the machine.
Katy holding the strip of heat-press vinyl which has already been cut on the machine.

 

This is the cut vinyl on clear plastic before it has been heat-pressed onto the grey shirt (next picture). One has to "weed" all the unneeded vinyl off the clear plastic to prepare one's image/word to be heat pressed.
This is the cut vinyl on clear plastic before it has been heat-pressed onto the grey shirt (next picture). One has to “weed” all the unneeded vinyl off the clear plastic to prepare one’s image/word to be heat pressed.

 

Shirt with heat press! Adam made one shirt, and I made one shirt. I have washed both of them on warm in the washing machine, and the vinyl stays put with absolutely no problem.
Shirt with heat press! Adam made one shirt in an earlier class (not shown), and I made one shirt (above). I have washed both shirts on warm in the washing machine, and the vinyl stays put with absolutely no problem.

The most recent class I took was the Soft Circuit class! To quote the TechShop promotional literature, I got to “learn basic circuit design and sewing techniques as well as how a microcontroller creates more complex behaviors in e-textiles. (A microcontroller creates the light effect; conductive thread and a coin cell battery complete the circuit.)”

It was really awesome! I sewed an armband (it’s still in progress!!!!) with a skull pattern, and used the LED lights for the skulls’ eyes. I used stainless steel reinforced thread to connect the circuits, but there is conductive fabric and even conductive yarn that one can use in one’s creations!!

Close up of my armband (I have not finished the power line yet, and I haven't even started the ground line, hence the weird lighting).
Close up of my armband (I have not finished the power line yet, and I haven’t even started the ground line, hence the weird lighting).

 

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Zoomed out view of the arm band.

 

Video of the arm band I made. It is not a high-quality video, but right now I’m just working with the equipment I have.

I’m really looking forward to continuing to take lots of classes so I can learn all (or almost all) of the equipment at TechShop!

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