Mobile from TroGlass Pastel

In today's tutorial we're making something that appeals to a slightly younger generation. Create this unique and whimsical baby mobile using an array of coloured acrylic materials. This project is excellently suited for the recycling of leftovers.

diy nursery mobile 2

Preparation

Required material
  • TroGlass Pastel 3mm (for the bodies of the elephants) each 1/4 plate in mint, yellow, orange, lilac, pink, light blue
  • TroGlass Satins 3mm (for the ears, hearts and for the tire for the suspension) each 1/4 plate in lime green, yellow, orange, violet, fuchsia, blue
  • Cotton thread or string
Machine used
  • Speedy 360, 80 watts
  • 2" lens
  • Nozzle with large opening
  • Air assist low
  • Acrylic cutting grid table

The mobile can of course also be produced with other machines of the Speedy laser engraver series.

Tip:

Use your own colour combinations to give it a personal touch! The motif is also very suitable for processing material residues.

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Step by Step

Step 1

Step 1: Create your own design or use our template

Pay careful attention to the cutting gap - you want to make sure that it corresponds with the thickness of the material, so that the individual parts can then be inserted into each other.
Cutting according to our template:

  • 1x suspension ring large
  • 1x suspension eyelet small
  • 8x elephant (in different colours)
  • 8x ears (with desired motives in different colours)
  • Heart large (in desired number and color)
  • Heart small (in desired number and color)

Use the desired colour combinations to create the print jobs for the respective acrylic plates.
Now send the corresponding job with the settings below to the laser.

Print Settings

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Standard 500 dpi none
Halftone Others
Color optimized geometries 
inner geometries first
Step 2

Step 2: Laser process TroGlass

Next we're going to determine the parameter settings. The parameter settings can be used for both TroGlass Pastel (3mm) and TroGlass Satins (3mm). Always keep in mind that the parameters we suggest, could differ slightly depending on the laser machine used and the available laser power.

Ensure that you leave the protective film on both the top and bottom of the acrylic sheets. Carefully lay the material on the acrylic grid cutting table in the laser machine. Cover the remaining surface to create the best possible vacuum. Run the laser process for each acrylic sheet accordingly.

Laser parameters

Color Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
Blue Cut CO2 10 1 1000 Hz
Red Cut CO2 50 0.2 5000 Hz
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Direction Advanced
1 ON - - Correction 10
1 ON - - Correction 10
Step 3

Step 3: Assemble the elephants

After you've run the laser process for your elephants, remove the parts from the laser unit. Carefully remove the protective film from the top and bottom of the individual design parts.

Prepare all cut out parts.
Put the ears together with the respective part of the torso.
Combine the colours as you wish.

Step 4

Step 4: Attaching the thread

For this step you'll need to thread the hanging material of your choice through the hole at the top of the elephant's head.
Then feed the same thread from the other side through the hole in the connecting pieces.
The resulting cross stitch, fixes the ears to the elephant's trunk.
Knot the thread above the ears.
Follow these steps for all elephant models.

Step 5

Step 5: Assembly

For the final step, thread two new pieces of thread, cut to your desired length for the suspension into the opposite, larger holes on the ring. Also pull the thread through the small oval ring for the suspension.
Hold the centre ring by the suspension you have just created, and adjust the length of the threads so that the ring hangs horizontally. Knot the ends.
Finally, hang all elephants and hearts in the desired arrangement in the holes provided on the ring.

TroGlass Pastel – fresh and lively pastel-colored acrylic glass

Soft mint is just as popular as light pink. These fresh pops of color have all the excellent physical properties of cast acrylic sheets. TroGlass Pastel comes with a glossy and matte side and is available in our standard sheet size (1216x606 mm) with 3mm thickness.

Be fully in trend with TroGlass Pastel

Inspiration

You can choose to combine the elephants and ears in the same colour tone or mix and match as you wish.

Please feel free to use other materials, e.g. different types of wood! When using different materials, pay attention to the material thickness and adjust the cutting gap in the graphic accordingly if necessary.

Please note: this mobile is not a toy, but only suitable for decoration purposes! Install the mobile out of reach of small children!

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