On Oct. 11, several students became a shining piece of art. As a representative from “Clearly You Crystals,” Sean Medina said he travels nine out of twelve months of the year, to various universities and various events to share the process of making memories “crystal clear.”
In between the hours of 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, students lined up to get a 3-D image of their faces either engraved in a crystal cube or a crystal key chain. Students had the option of either or, and the key chains even lit up.
“As a freshman, I love that Saint Leo has all these on-campus programs. Last week I got a customizable phone stand, and this week I got a crystal cube with my face in it! I use mine as a paper weight, and it’s a cute decorative piece for my desk,” said Tatum Anthony, a freshman.
In the middle of the SCC boardrooms, Medina assembled his sub-surfacing laser engraver, a fairly big machine. In front of a “Clearly You Crystals” backdrop was a little pop-up stool for students to sit on while their picture was taken. Once the student sits down, the sub-surfacing laser engraver took a 3-D scan of the students face from the back of the ears to the tip of the nose.
Within a few seconds after an image was taken, the process began. The machine used a laser to engrave the crystal. When the two laser beams came into contact with each other, it created a pulse. From standing beside the machine, one could see the orange beams of light, which were the pulse. The pulse itself was a small controlled explosion, fracturing and breaking the crystal glass from the inside 250,000 times to compose the image.
Troy Hunt, a freshman, said, “the clear crystal cube is amazing. I love the way the cube came out and the experience was interesting and was something I have never done before.”
It took a total of 3 minutes for the machine to laser engrave an image into a crystal cube, and it took approximately 30 seconds for the machine to laser engrave an image into a key chain.
Vanessa Reid, a sophomore said, “it was very intriguing, I have always wondered how they put people’s faces and different images into the crystal. My crystal cube looks exactly like me. It’s a mini-me! I definitely have something to give to my mother for Christmas.”
Many students seemed fascinated by the experience. Vanessa Reid had a smart idea, if students didn’t have a Christmas gift for a family member, then Tuesday was the perfect time to get one.