Just in case you thought your eyes were playing tricks on you, we’d like to confirm right from the start that what you are looking at is a loaf of bread with internal LED lighting. Why has this bread been internally lit? We can’t really say. But what we can do is pass on the fascinating process that took an unremarkable piece of stale bread and turned it into an exceptional piece of stale bread.
As demonstrated by [The Maker Monster], working with stale bread is basically like working with wood. Wood that you can dip in soup, granted, but wood nonetheless. The process of electrifying the loaf starts with cutting it down the length on a bandsaw, and then hollowing it out with a rotary tool. This creates a fairly translucent shell that’s basically just crust.
You’re probably wondering how you keep a bread-light from getting moldy, and thankfully [The Maker Monster] does address that issue. The bread shell is completely coated with shellac, which creates a hard protective layer that will not only prevent decay but should give it some added strength. In the video it looks like only one coat is applied, but if we had to guess, a few coats would be necessary to really seal it up. Coating it with epoxy wouldn’t be a terrible idea either.
While the shellac dries on the bread, he gets to work on the lighted base (bet you never imagined you’d read a sentence like that), which is really just a sanded piece of wood with a standard LED strip stuck too it. It’s very understated, but of course the glowing loaf really draws the eye anyway. All that’s left is to glue the bread down to the base, and proudly display your creation at your next dinner party.
We can’t say that an electric ciabatta is in the cards for Hackaday HQ; but we know that baking good bread is a science in itself, and turning the failed attempts into works of art does have a certain appeal to it.
14 thoughts on “Illuminated Bread For A Cookie Cutter World”
Well, this just goes to prove that dumb and awesome are *not* mutually exclusive qualities.
What a load of bologna! Well, if you’re a po’ boy (join the club) you have to reuse old bread somehow. A toast to these heroes, and a Manwich made the best thing since electric pickles, no cheesesteak about that. If you claim this is Not A Hack and ask “where’s the Asiago” then focaccia, crepes. And if you don’t like my opinion, go ahead and banh mi.
oh….i,….i’ve always…..wanted to know….how….how to do that.
I’ve seen bread like this before a small child with access to a 1000W Microwave achieved this with the press of a button
15 minutes later… LAVA BREAD
Quite a nice idea. has an impact.
but why no RGB?
could be turned into stage lights.
So…light bread has half the calories?
I dunno, after all, it is packed with energy.
Just like the bread I used to get at that bakery in Chernobyl…
I really love the self warming feature.
Feels like you just took it out of the oven, even after a week.
I was expecting him to use googley eyes for feet given the state of all the other things in the workshop !
0:29 – Jesus f*ck – just about fell off my chair. Who else wants to know more about that ehhhpically weird mask??
Hm – now I want to hollow out a baguette with a forstner bit, to make a hanging baguette-lamp…
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