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My New Orleans

When I first decided to do a post on New Orleans I wanted it to be a kind of photo tour. I was born here, raised here, and still live here. I went though selecting photos I took over the last year and laughed when I saw them all together. They were all food! But that's pretty much how it is, the seasons revolve around food and friends. I even made a stamp collection of New Orleans rubber stamps

It's crawfish boils and king cakes in the spring. It's sitting on a curb waiting for a parade to come, shopping for vegetables at the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Snow balls in the summer and beginets late at night. I don't think I would have it any other way. 

Laissez le bon ton roulet, let the good times roll!

Coming in town? Let's get a po-boy! 

How the stamps are made

Every so often on Instagram I share a video of the stamps being made. So in this post I actually wanted to tell you a bit of how they are made and about lasers in general (don't worry it won't be a science lesson). The laser engraver I use to make my stamps is a CO2 laser. 

A CO2 laser is a type of gas laser. The gas in the tube is a mixture of carbon dioxide, nitrogen, hydrogen and helium. The laser works by running electricity through a gas-filled glass tube, producing light. The ends of the tube are mirrors; one is fully reflective and the other lets some light through a small aperture.

Light from a CO2 laser is powerful enough to cut materials like fabric, wood and paper; the most powerful CO2 lasers are used for machining steel and other metals. Although the highest-powered CO2 lasers run over 1,000 W, the one that I use for making stamps is 45 W; by comparison, laser pointers are a few thousandths of a watt. 

This is a time lapse gif of the laser engraving a custom stamp. When the stamps are engraved into the special rubber designed for laser engraved stamps a lot of dust is created. To keep the dust from catching fire a small air compressor blows away the debris as it engraves and a fan at the back of the machine sucks it out. 

Any questions? Fire away!