Edit 6/30/2017: Don't leaf your stencils all over the place - organize them with my new stencil holder!
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: My stencils will never leaf you, especially this new, vintage phone pattern:
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Ahh GlaDOS. She's evil, she's in the game Portal, and she sometimes reminds us to appreciate the great outdoors:
Enjoy this next test. I'm going to go to the surface. It's a beautiful day out. Yesterday I saw a deer. If you solve this next test, maybe I'll let you ride an elevator all the way up to the break room, and I'll tell you about the time I saw a deer again.
...from indoors. Yes, that's right. It's time for a new stencil!
Today, it's a leaf. This can be a leaf from any season you'd like, just use your imagination.
My favorite type of leaf is from fall, or autumn as it's also called. But the type of leaf is really just a state of mind. Do you like spring, when all the leaves are little baby things, just popping out? Or perhaps summer, when the drought hits and they're big but shriveled? In winter, most leaves are just dead, empty husks, but in autumn, they're pretty and dying. Dying just for you, to appreciate their beautiful splendor. Green? Pshaw! Try yellow, red, orange, brown, AND green. Colors!
You can print this stencil in so many different colors, but it won't matter. Because the only person who will see this stencil is you. What others will see, if you make coffee for them, is the result of the stencil: powder lovingly sifted into place, in the shape of a leaf! And because this is more of a symbolic leaf, you, and the appreciator of the leaf, can decide what you want this leaf to be. What you want it to represent. And more importantly, what you want it to consist of. Cinnamon? Check! Powdered sugar? Yum! Pie spice? Of course! In fact, pretty much anything powdered can be sifted through this stencil, and it will continue to happily do it's job. Cumin? Wow! Curry? Spicy! Yup, just about anything.
If you're sick of leaves, don't worry, there are other stencils:
Five-Pointed Star: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2395326
Five-Petal Flower: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2396760
Smiley Face: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2400553
Peace Symbol: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2402130
And if you're really sick of all these stencils, damnit, here's a picture of Domo riding a skateboard through the grass, in the sun, speaking Japanese:
Stay tuned for more stencils and, don't forget, these can be totally used anywhere, anytime, for any reason! Think about it: cupcakes, cakes, pie...I mean, you can sprinkle stuff all over the place, right? Go forth and sift powdery substances!
Super important note: Although this prints easily, the little center part of the leaf is very fragile! Let the part cool all the way before attempting to remove this from the bed. Also, try to use a longer part removal tool, and really get in there, all the way around, gently. Depending on how you orient this on the bed, the "point" could be in any direction. It's probably better to have the point facing up, but that's just me! Otherwise, a fairly simple print.
How to Use
It's easy to use a stencil, but here's a video that will show you how:
If you're like me, and prefer text, here's some directions I wrote:
1) Put coffee in vessel
2) Shake up your creamer a lot, so it's bubbly
3) Pour creamer over coffee slowly, so it stays at the top (don't stir!)
4) Leave very little "headroom" at the top - maybe 1/4" or less?
5) Place stencil over the top of the vessel
6) Lightly sprinkle the powder of your choice over the top of the stencil
I like to make sure I sprinkle over the entire stencil, that way I know I'm getting into all the nooks and crannies.
As far as sprinkling goes, I love using little metal mesh teabag balls. They're easy to fill, and do a good job of sifting most powders you'll be using.
Fusion 360 and Simplify3D
Fusion 360 is an awesome tool, and I use it for all of my 3D design because it's parametric, and lets me set things up once (like a template), and then have different versions with different attributes. They've been adding a lot of new features recently, like folders within folders, copying between different projects, and some other third thing. Always new!
I use Simplify3D to slice and prepare for print because, although it costs money, you get what you pay for, and this program is perfect for my needs.