Here are a few pictures of our Christmas tree with the Ponoko ornaments I wrote about a few days ago. They look great, especially when the sun hits them!
We got the tree from the grocer down the road and it looked so small all bundled up, but when we unwrapped the branches they sprang out wide – it was much bigger than we’d thought. Still, I didn’t want to trim it. I kind of like its lopsided look.
Christmas tree 2008
Ponoko ornaments - red tint acrylic
I got my Ponoko ornaments in the mail today! They took less than 3 weeks to be laser-cut and shipped to me. I’m really happy with them. The laser engraving has a pretty interesting texture – I thought it would have been smooth, but it’s got little grooves. The cutting is extremely high quality. This is one place where machine production is preferable to handmade.
Ponoko allows you to create your designs on pre-sized pieces of acrylic or wood, so I chose the smallest size, about 7×7 inches. The ornaments took up less than the total space, so I used some of the extra space to create a few ring shapes that I can use for jewellery sometime. After seeing the remains (they ship the whole piece to you and you just pop out your laser-cut design), I could have used even more of the space for other stuff. Lesson learned for next time.
The ornaments are already on the tree – I’ll take a picture when it’s finished.