We've been experimenting with the laser cutter to see what we can create.
The laser cut butterflies and gears were made from ikea packing materials, namely, the leftover cardboard that our new costume closet (wardrobe) came in. We thought we should give them a second life and so we decided to laser cut and spray paint gold the cardboard which gave it a really nice look.
Photos of the process are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/geekphysical/sets/72157629162864775/
Also used some of the extra butterflies as eye makeup: