Grail Tablet

The Grail tablet was discovered in the mountains at north of Ankara, as told in The Last Crusade. It is one of the two tracks left by the knights of the First Crusade who guarded the Holy Grail and pointing its location. The text engraved in Latin on sandstone describes the way forward to meet him, but unfortunately is broken, and without the top we not have a place to start.

I think that is the Indy movies object that I like more, I guess because it took me many hours (even though I got rid of the first and then repeated).

As I had no intention of using a real stone, I decided to do it on a sheet of high density polyethylene foam, which is easy to handle and has a thickness suitable for this job.

Although I had seen someone who had done so, I didn’t like the way they engraved the letters with a router (by hand, not CNC), I prefer to “write” with solvent. So get to work.

I got a template of the full text of the table, kindly provided by my good friend Peter (Barnett_College at Indy’s issues) and I went over the letters with a pen to mark them on the material.

Proceso tablilla del grial

So far it was only a matter of patience.The following step requires a little more care, and as I say, I tried different types of milling cutters brought me Miguel, butthey did not convincied me and opted for the solvent, which although is a simple (and fun) but can be some uncontrollable until you got the hang of the brush. (First I tried dipping the tip of a marker and a pen, but no, better a brush)
Proceso tablilla del grial 2

As for the shape of the table, we used screenshots and also a book that every good fan of this saga knows “From Star Wars to Indiana Jones” and I call “the bible” because of the number of times I take it as reference for this type of work.

With a abrasive file is given the basic shape and with fine sandpaper termination is given.

This was the result after paint:

After a while I made another, from which I took a mold, with it I have made a copy in plaster and other in resin (loaded with microspherules, to relieve the weight)

Actually these are not the tables we use to make the Grail Tablet rubbing… That’s another story that we will tell you another day.

Now availabe in our tienda.

Magic Cube

We are opening a new category: “Toys” with something we did out of curiosity, (which is our weakness), a few years ago, when came to our hands a puzzle. Well, It is not really a puzzle, because one must not think anything, just manipulate it, so that in a curious way they appear images. Generally we have seen as a funny advertising medium and it was fun to see how we could build one.

In this case I decided to personalize it with images of my town, Villavieja Yeltes in the province of Salamanca (Spain), and the truth is that it was quite successful among my countrymen that year.


So much so we finally made some of them personalized as a gift for a birthday and a wedding.

It is built with blocks of wood, laser prints with a good resolution and laminated to prevent spoilage with use.

Following this toy, I studied the Kaleidocycle, a rotating object created with paper, rather curious. Starting with a flat surface (a sheet) folded in a certain way, you can turn on itself showing the different faces. The truth is that when we made it, I spent hours turning over and around. You can learn more about them here


According to the Wikipedia article, the cube we have shown at the beginning of this post is also a variety of kaleidocycle, reading it, I’ve discovered this Yoshimoto cube (coming soon…)


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One of the things we always wanted to do was to make us our own shirts. One day, we thought we could do a custom pole shirt to my nephew and his girlfriend. Both have a photography blog called Giraldillo Digital, highly recommended if you like this topic. What better way to advertise that blog on their pole shirts when going around taking pictures. I told them that i did it and they told me it’s worth, they would bring me the pole shirts, they send me their logo and I’ll do the stamping. A few days later they sent me the logo and Mary Jesus and we started with it. Then I brought the poles, each of their respective sizes, the largest of his than her. I bought white textile vinyl fabric and I made the appropriate measurements for the garments will not be neither too small nor large. It must be said that my nephew was about 10 cm larger than that of his girlfriend. Before we did a test to see how they grab the vinyl to cloth to avoid damaging them.

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Seeing that the test was positive, there was only preparing the logo for further cut in vinyl. I made ​​a mirror to the logo, as the textile vinyl must be cut in reverse of how you placed and removed after cutting and we did not want, put it in place and gave him a plate heat sufficient to be glued in place. And here’s a test of how it was.

Now that you’ve discovered the wonderful world of textile vinyl, we can think of many ways to customize, finally, our own t-shirts and those who want to, of course.

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