We wanted to make some illuminated signs for our forthcoming Bowie tribute night and called upon our friends in the South London Makerspace to help us – and they did a magnificent job!
The South London Makerspace is a non-profit, social community workshop, owned, run and maintained by its members.
For a monthly fee, members get access to the facilities at the large workshop located in a railway arch at Herne Hill. It’s a fabulous resource for anyone interested in making things, or just tinkering about with materials and electronics.
The workshop is very well equipped, with facilities for 3D printing, electronics, laser cutting, screen printing, textiles, wood work and more.
For our Bowie sign, we used old offcuts of wood and perspex to make the letters, which were cut into shape with the workshop’s amazing laser cutter.
Watching this thing in action was like looking into the future, with the laser cutting through plastic and wood as if it were the thinnest paper.
The speed the thing moved was amazing too, with each letter – and the light holes – being created in under a minute.
The letters were cut to shape with holes to accommodate the £12 set of fairy lights we bought in WH Smith. This was going to be lighting on a budget!
The lights were pushed through the holes.
The cables were then resoldered back together.
Blocks of wood were added to the letters so they could be mounted.
The final touches.
And the sign is switched on and looks bloody great!
We also created a second illuminated piece, based on the Blackstar graphics.
Update: Bowie sign installed at the Prince Albert for our charity night!
Update: Bowie sign above the DJ booth.
While we were at the workshop, we took a look around.
The place was busy with people working on different projects, and it was great to see the way people collaborated and helped each other out when needed.
One guy built his own 3D printer!
This device played a guitar through software and motors.
In the wood cutting room.
3D printer in action.
A finished printed item.
Loads of reference manuals are on site.
Loved this DIY toilet holder!
The Makerspace is but one arch away from the wonderful Canopy Beer Co’s Tap Room. Very handy indeed!
We’d like to extend a huge thank you to the Makerspace for their kind help in creating these Bowie graphics, and in particular would like to thank Tom Newsom for his amazing work.
Without him we’d be looking at a rubbish cardboard creation! Thanks again, Tom.
South London Makerspace is a non-profit social community workshop.
If you want to make something, we’ve got the space. All members have a say in how the space is run and get full access to the space and its facilities.