Thursday, December 29, 2011

Laser Cut Sign Language Scrabble Tiles

I made these ASL (American Sign Language) Scrabble tiles as a Christmas gift for my mother.  The full set was laser cut and engraved from 1/8th in birch plywood and have the sign and letter on the same side for those less familiar with finger spelling.  Now all she needs is a board to play on... maybe I can engrave that too?  Merry Christmas Mom!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Now Shipping Worldwide

With my brother handling marketing and sales, my business-which-has-yet-to-be-officially-started has been doing well.  We currently focus on custom laser cut designs.  Most of this year's work has been in coaster and ornament sales, with ornaments keeping us very busy in the weeks before Christmas.  During the Christmas rush, we saw our first shipments outside the US too!  We're looking forward to an official launch sometime in early 2012.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Eggbot Upgrades

I recently received the Ostrich Eggbot upgrade as a gift and have been enjoying printing on glass ball ornaments again this year.  The larger chassis allows for printing on larger spheroids and the spring loaded egg coupler has an improved grip over the older version.

I later purchased an engraving tool which replaces the pen, but have had difficulty getting good contrast on clear glass ornaments.  I'll continue trying slower speeds, increasing the number of passes, and try different materials for better results.  Results forthcoming!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thank you Pinterest...

Thank you Pinterest and Etsy for providing such wonderful ideas for me to copy!  Imitation IS the best form of flattery, right?  My latest lasered creation (found on Pinterest by Caralee Spafford) is a framed Walnut veneer engagement gift.  Congratulations Shannon and Broderick!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Making Ornaments on the Laser

The glass ball ornaments I made last Christmas using my Eggbot were well received.  This year I decided to make new designs using my laser cutter.  Above are two finished ornaments I will be selling.  The left is made from 1/8" plywood and the right from 1/8" green Acrylic.  The design I used is from the logo of Mission Hills, Boy Scout Troop 104.