Coffee Stencil - Five-Pointed Star - New Style
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Edit 7/4/2017: Stencil Update! I've uploaded the new version of the stencil, with a resized opening, sturdy handles, and an identification icon on the handle itself! I'm also keeping the original file just in case some people don't like handles that stay on, and icons for easy identification!
Edit 6/30/2017: Be a star student and download the new stencil holder here!
Edit 6/29/2017: I've created a new stencil of a butterfly, with a new handle design! All new stencils going forward will have this improved design, and I will retrofit all previous stencils shortly....
Edit 6/28/2017: You can't dial * on a vintage phone, but this stencil is fun:
Edit 6/26/2017: Prefer nature over patriotism? That's okay, here's a leaf stencil!
Edit 6/24/2017: So many stencils! Peace!
Edit 6/23/2017: You know what else makes people smile? A new smiley face stencil!
Edit 6/21/2017: A new stencil for those who prefer soft, curvy things: a five-petaled flower:
Don't forget to check-out the heart stencil for maximum romanticizing!
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It's not always Valentine's Day, no sir!
To quote GlaDOS from Portal:
That thing you burned up isn't important to me; it's the fluid catalytic cracking unit. It makes shoes for orphans... nice job breaking it, hero.
Sometimes, you don't want a heart. You want a broken heart (broken heart sold separately), or something other than a heart altogether. It's at that point, that you reach for...a star!
Yes, your stereotypical five-pointed star, or the five-point star for those of you seeking to save characters. You could even go crazy and say "5-point star" or even, simply - a star, because everyone knows what you're talking about. Even Wikipedia, which was nice enough to release in the public domain in full SVG. I could scale that star up to the size of the fricken moon and it would still look good, no jaggies! We could send a lunar rover up there with a pen...uh, shovel...er...laser shovel, that's it! We could give it X-Y coordinates, and it would dig up this perfect five-pointed star, which we could see from the earth, if we made it big enough - which we would.
But the best thing about the SVG format is that it also looks good small. Microscopic, if you will. Which is great, if you're building a star-shaped something out of atoms, but we're not. My point (yeah, I'm getting to it)...is that these stars work great at literally any size because it's all math, and math scales perfectly. I imagine it gets wonky as you reach the extremes, like zero and infinity, but we do too, so don't judge.
The star used for this, as mentioned, is in the public domain, and it's "perfect" if this is what you want. Which it is what you want, clearly. Download it now!
Oh, wait, you haven't heard (I almost typed "heart" there. Go take a look at the heart stencil after you've finished enjoying the star stencil here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2393694 ) anything about this design yet!
Basically, I realized I didn't have any coffee stencils for my wife's coffee. This was months ago, it was Valentine's Day, and I was like "ooh, coffee! I could do something special with her coffee!" But I couldn't. Because I didn't have a stencil.
Flash-forward to this week, and I realized I could easily make my own, and they'd be a perfect fit for whatever type of decanter you had, as long as it was 90mm in outside diameter! Super flexible, right?
Oh, before I go on, yes, you can totally tell me the outside diameter of your vessel (isn't that a little personal?) and I will try to make one just for you. Share pictures, tell me what type of liquid holder you have, so others can match it up by name. But mostly, it's just the outside diameter we need.
Anyway...so I first designed the heart-shaped stencil, and that worked great! First, I used a sieve, but that ended up being way too messy and required the use of two hands - not ideal. Then I shifted to using a small metal tea-bag strainer thing similar to the one shown in this video:
Once I "perfected" the heart stencil, I had to move on to bigger and better things. And what's bigger and better than a heart? A star!
So what you see here represents days of painstaking research into the perfect five-pointed star shape, meticulously sized and aligned for this particular purpose. (Or, I did it in a few minutes. The world will never know!)
Just like the heart stencil, this stencil has both a left- and a right-handed handle, and a cuphook hole in only one side. Why? Because I think two holes looks stupid, that's why! :)
Okay, okay, let's agree to disagree. I'd be more than happy to put four holes into this thing if it would make you happy. But you really only need one. It looks like it fits perfectly on a standard cuphook but your mileage may vary. Buy a cuphook, try it out, they're cheap!
Am I obsessed with stars? You tell me!
Yeah, I like stars. And the American Flag. Go America! But seriously. Isn't that a pretty flag?
If you download this stencil, remember, you can use it however you'd like. It doesn't have to be for coffee. It could be for cocoa, iced tea, graffiti, or even liquid hot magma. Just be safe, kids!
Prints awesomely at medium (0.2mm) settings. Just level your bed, kids!
How to Use
I already shared the "how to use a stencil" video earlier in the Summary, but really, just put the stencil over the top of your vessel, and lightly dust your favorite powder over the top of the liquid. It's fairly simple to deploy. Washes easily, and has a hook for storage. Or you could just throw it in a drawer (like I do), because I'm really not that obsessed with organization.
If you really need directions, here's a hilarious video about cold brewing coffee:
How I Designed This
Fusion 360 and Simplify3D
This is basically the same exact stencil template from the original heart coffee stencil. I just removed the heart and added a public-domain vector star from Wikipedia:
Then, once I had added the star to the top, I resized it by 5x, rotated it 352 degrees (-8 degrees for you negative people out there), and moved it into place. So easy!
One click later, and I had punched out a hole in the plastic in the shape of a star, which will punch its tiny little way into your heart! (See? I got away with saying heart again!)
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