Building the casing for my laser harp!

 Designing the heart in Illustrator + also sketching where I think the performance knobs could go.

Designing the heart in Illustrator + also sketching where I think the performance knobs could go.

 Cardboard test of what the heart could look like, and where lasers could go.

Cardboard test of what the heart could look like, and where lasers could go.

I wanted the heart to be big as I want it to look good on stage. I made the proportions to fit my body so it's about 80cm wide so I can easily trigger the lasers. The width of the heart border also needed to be able to fit an arduino, the lasers and the other electronics. 

 BZZZZT LASER CUTTING!

BZZZZT LASER CUTTING!

Cutting out the heart in two parts as the wood we had wasn't big enough to cut the whole heart in one piece. Thought about reducing the height of the heart but talked with Nicholas and he said keep it big! Need to think about how to join it. This heart was tweaked a wee bit from the cardboard heart.

 The wooden heart

The wooden heart

The trial cut in wood. Happy with the shape so now figure out where to put the knobs!