Awesome Sauce Designs is a Vancouver based business created out of the quirky imagination of Corinne Leroux. She is a maker of unique gifts, greeting cards, and stained glass art. She will be demoing how to build a stained glass sun catchers from start to finish using the copper foil method. The projects will be started with a simple pattern and will demonstrate cutting the glass pieces to shape, using the glass grinder, foiling the pieces, and soldering everything together to complete a few finished pieces throughout the weekend.
Drop by her booth to see works and progress and inquire about learning how to do stained glass yourself. She now offers introductory classes twice a month at Maker Labs. She will also have some completed items available for sale.
Meet Jim Anderson who runs Anderson Prototypes.
Jim is a returning maker to this year’s faire and always brings an exciting collection of tools and machines from his shop in Port Moody. A long time machinist, Jim branched out on his own about nine years ago helping individuals and companies realize their ideas using his wide array of skills and tools.
If you can dream it, Jim can help you make it a reality. A self described ‘possibility generator’ (which is an awesome title for what he does), Jim’s work for his clients have covered the gamut from specialized hand tools, movie props, metal stays for bustiers, signage, and hundreds of other items even including a custom wheelchair for a dog that lost his legs. This variety helps Jim keep his creative juices flowing to bring his ideas and wealth of knowledge to his client’s projects.
He’s planning on bringing more machines this year for his biggest booth yet which will be operating throughout the weekend event.
In addition to showing how his CNC mill can quickly mill out a hands in wood for attendees, Jim will also be showcasing a number of different manufacturing methods using the other machines on display in his booth.
He’s also got a few interesting giveaways planned for the faire so make sure you stop by and get the scoop from Jim directly this June!
Check out Jim’s website for more examples of the projects he works on.
Jim of Anderson Prototypes has been exhibiting at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire for the past three years. He can build almost anything with his CNC milling machines and you’ll get to see that at his exhibit. It takes a truck with a crane just to get these massive machines to the PNE Forum, but he loves the Maker community.
What do you Make?
I am a creator of fine crafted and machined components and assemblies, as well as as custom machinery.
What are you exhibiting at this year’s Faire?
I am having a live CNC Milling Demonstration. Using 2 industrial quality CNC milling machines that were taken right off my businesses floor. We will be cutting wood products, so we don’t have to worry about the safety issues with milling steel, and the hot chips it produces.
Every year, I hear that you have to bring in a truck with a crane to transport your CNC milling machines to the PNE. What is a CNC milling machine and how does it work?
True, I have a HIAB crane-truck that transports these machines. Milling machines are tools designed to machine metal, wood, and other materials. With the use of a CNC (computor numerical control) control the machine can dynamically move the cutting tool and the work, to create a unique feature, and then do it repeatedly if desired. Programmed in a machine code language, the machine gets orders in short sentence instructions. This program might have 50,000 individual instructions for the machine to perform in one program, and possibly 100s of programs to run in a specific order and with specific tools to accomplish a finish part. Its almost limitless what you can create with these CNC machines.
If you’ve been to Vancouver Mini Maker Faire before, you might have noticed the amazing quilts on display at the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild. These aren’t your grandmothers’s quilts (though those are nice too!). Members take inspiration from the zeitgeist, and that includes technology too. We talked with Felicity Ronaghan, long-time member, about the modern craft of quilting and the community of a guild.
Where do you find your inspiration for quilt designs?
Everywhere! Mid-century modern design in particular tends to have a big influence on modern quilters. The clean lines of minimalist designs are really exciting. I recently looked through a book of tile patterns that really stimulated my imagination. And right now I’m working on a quilt that is a pixelated self-portrait.
Felicity Ronaghan’s Burst of Colour
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