Router-made signs for KnowYourStuffNZ, Kakariki and Sanctuary

I’ve been making a heap of signs with the router.

Turns out my favourite technique is to mask off, cut the signage through the mask, and then spray the cut areas. This gives coloured inlaid lettering which is resistant to getting scratched when bouncing around in the back of the ute on the way to festivals.

The best guide to this technique that I’ve found comes from totrand on Youtube:

For a mask I’ve been using the self adhesive film from Bunnings. I’ve been using spray on shellac to help the mask stick to the ply and to stop paint from bleeding from the cut areas along the grain.

The tool for most of these was a 1/8 inch down cutter. I had got up to 700 metres with the first one with no visible wear before I rammed it into a clamp and snapped it off.

KnowYourStuffNZ can’t have a sign that says “test your drugs”, so I made a heap of alternatives.

They ended up all over the place.

 

And some art, in the style of Gordon Walters.

One for the Sanctuary, with lettering from Melissa Mepham. This one I did in melamine-coated chipboard. This gave great sharp edges that looked good in sunshine. I thought it might have problems with humidity from being outside. Turns out it cracked horribly. Oops. Won’t do that again.

And some for Kakariki Brewing Company at Beers at the Basin.

…and now I’ve a few more to do.

SciBlogs articles digging into the how and why of pill testing

With KnowYourStuffNZ, I’m right in the middle of the summer season of pill testing at festivals. We’ve been getting lots of press about the results, so now’s a good time for some more in depth articles. I wrote these two for SciBlogs.

First, the technology of testing. Summary: reagents are good, IR spectroscopy is great, and it’s all very much better than taking drugs that haven’t been tested.

Sciblogs – Recreational drugs and the technology of pill testing

Secondly, why does pill testing change people’s behaviour and lead to safer decisions? We don’t judge, our clients trust us, the testing service is a gift, our clients are involved in the testing, and the results are immediate. That’s why our clients listen to us.

Sciblogs – The psychology of pill testing