Craftpunk at HSBNE is a community-driven initiative focused on various craft-based activities that blend traditional skills and modern technology. This might include areas like textiles, jewelry making, leatherwork, glasswork, ceramics, paper craft, cosplay, and more. The aim of Craftpunk is to provide a space and resources where members can explore their creativity, learn new skills, share knowledge, and collaborate on projects. Whether someone is an experienced craftsperson or a beginner, Craftpunk offers a supportive and inclusive environment to engage with different craft disciplines. As part of the broader HSBNE community, Craftpunk contributes to the mission of fostering innovation, skill development, and a collaborative spirit in the Brisbane area.
At HSBNE, crafting enthusiasts have access to a variety of tools and equipment to facilitate their craft projects. Some of the key tools available in craftpunk at HSBNE include:
Sublimation printing is a digital printing technique that uses heat to transfer dye directly into a material. The process results in high-quality, durable prints that are vibrant and resistant to peeling or fading. It is widely used for customizing fabrics, ceramics, and other materials.
A vacuum chamber is a sealed enclosure from which air and other gases are removed by a vacuum pump. In a crafts context, a vacuum chamber can be used for processes like resin degassing, ensuring bubble-free castings.
A vinyl cutter is a type of computer-controlled machine that uses a small blade to precisely cut designs and shapes out of sheets of vinyl. The designs are created on a computer and then sent to the cutter, which cuts along the vector paths laid out in the design. Vinyl cutters are often used in the production of signs, decals, banners, and stencils, among other applications. They allow for precise and repeatable cuts, making them ideal for creating intricate and complex designs.
A badge maker, also known as a button maker, is a device used to create small badges or buttons from printed images or designs. The process typically involves cutting out a design, placing it in the badge maker along with a metal button blank and a clear plastic cover, and then applying pressure to press these components together into a finished button. Badge makers are popular tools for creating custom buttons for events, promotions, or personal use.
An embroidery machine is a computer-controlled device that stitches complex and precise designs onto fabric, widely used in the fashion and textile industry and by hobbyists for personal projects.
An overlocker is a sewing machine that trims and encloses cloth edges with thread, preventing fraying and giving a clean, professional finish, often used with stretchy or slippery materials.
A Dremel is a versatile, handheld rotary tool that uses a variety of attachments and accessories to perform tasks such as cutting, grinding, sanding, carving, and polishing. It's commonly used in crafts, hobbies, and small-scale DIY projects due to its precision and adaptability.
A jewellery station is a dedicated workspace equipped with various tools and equipment necessary for jewellery making. This can include items for cutting, shaping, soldering, and finishing metals, as well as tools for setting stones and other decorative elements. The station provides a place for jewellers to design, create, and repair jewellery pieces.
A glass grinder is a machine used in glass crafting and stained glass work. It consists of a motor that spins a diamond or carborundum bit to grind away sharp edges and reshape glass pieces. The grinding process not only makes the edges safe to handle, but also prepares them for copper foiling or leading, which are common techniques in stained glass projects.