Minas Tirith

I’ve been working on a commission from a co-worker for a bit now and the last few days have been spent doing tests (I generally manage to get one in a day during the week) of new bleaches and color swelling.

[originally posted Apr 6, 2005]

[edited Apr 8 to add green version]

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Weekend fun

This weekend was a good one for holography (as well as enjoying the weather with wifey).

On Saturday I made a large copy of the Jesus-gram (which I gave to Andres) and I later got a wild hair and decided to take the time to re-do my canopy. I haven’t been happy with it because I originally made it shorter than it needed to be and there was one corner that was hard to get past.

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Jesus!


Last week Andres came over to make use of my master layout (he had his table set up for copies and really didn’t want to tear it down) to make a Jesus-gram.

[first posted on 3/30/2005, final H2 added 4/2/2005]
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1/2 wave plate holder

There are times when you need an inexpensive way to rotate an optic and not too long ago I had just such a need.

I purchased a few half-wave plates off eBay some time ago and needed a way to rotate them without breaking the bank.

It was time to go to the hardware store and see what I could find.

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Want a photopolymer that works?

Over the weekend I had the time to start testing the latest batch of photopolymer from Polygrama and I have to tell you that it was a pleasure to work with. But let me back up a bit and take you to the beginning of the testing session.

[first posted Tuesday, March 15. 2005]
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PCGG-II hand-off hologram

As others are aware, it took way too long to finish (partly because I was being over-ambitious in what I wanted to do and partly because it was an open-ended “artistic” endeavor) but the PCGG-II hand-off hologram is complete and in the Padiyar’s possession.

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Welcome our newest US citizen… Andres Ghisays

Today Andres Ghisays (who was born in Columbia) will become a US citizen. He’s off this morning to be sworn in and in honor of this occasion I’ve created a hologram just for him.

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Building a holography table with Hexcel

As some already know, this paper took forever to finish but it’s done and ready for the world to read.

If you’ve got any comments or questions just let me know.

Here’s an excerpt from the the introduction:

This paper describes the methods used by myself and Andres Ghisays in building our latest tables as well as a set of recommendations for those considering doing the same.

Hexcel is a honeycomb material often used by the aerospace industry for making structural panels that are very light but extremely stiff or strong. They’re used in aircraft wings, walkways, satellites, Moon-bound spacecraft and can even be found in many cars.

Hexcel honeycomb (hereafter just referred to as "Hexcel") as discussed here is a flat panel made out of aluminum in the shape of a honeycomb.

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Laminating Film to Glass

The subject of what to do instead of index matching film to glass comes up periodically so it was again time to write up a tutorial. Continue reading “Laminating Film to Glass”

Backing film with Oracal

I’ve had several people ask me about backing film holograms with Oracal, so here’s a short tutorial.

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