Santa Clarita, California–on Saturday, April 28th, College of the Canyons hosted the inaugural Regional Spring Makerfaire. Allan Hancock College and the Central Coast Makerspace were present to collaborate and staff a booth inside the Cougar Cage Gymnasium.
The event went from 10 AM – 4 PM, and featured free admission and parking. The Hancock College booth provided attendees with the opportunity to design custom buttons and earrings. Makers would find a picture that they liked, and then utilizing CorralDraw, would format the image to fit onto the buttons/earring blanks.
The laser engravers were out in full force, burning the image into the wooden earrings. A similar process was used to make the buttons: an inkjet printer would capture a number of different images onto a single page, those images would be cut out, and then utilized by the patron in our button maker to make a professional quality button.
The booth was a popular destination for event goers–hundreds of buttons and earrings were made in the span of six hours. Many users became repeat customers, returning to show others how to make their own buttons, or maybe making another few buttons for themselves. The Mobile Makerspace trailer turned out to be very popular to boot, with a number of people posing with it for pictures.