Merry Christmas Eve! Around Thanksgiving I was out shopping with my high school friend, and she kept migrating towards decorative items with the letter “K” for her holiday decorations – her new last name. And anything glittery. Put these things together, and I knew the perfect thing to make her and her husband Chris for Christmas – a glittery laser cut ornament!
I could have made a simple flat ornament, but I wanted it to have a little more depth. I made two flat pieces that slot together to create a ball shape. I personalized these by making the emphasizing their initial (K), and spelling out their names on the cross pieces.
The prototype is the unpainted one. It has a couple problems. First off, I didn’t choose a good font – too many burnt thin bits. Secondly, the logical arrangement of the names doesn’t really work in the round; it makes it a have a front and a back, and the names only read correctly from the front. I wanted them correct as the ornament rotates; so in the final version I flipped “Chris” do it would be correct as it turned.
The second important part of this venture was glitter! I went into thinking that I would just buy glitter spray and be done with it, but at $7.99 a can it was a bit too much (I wanted two colors and needed to base colors. I was not spending $30 for paint supplies!) So I got one spray to try out, and craft paint for the rest. I also painted the bamboo prior too cutting, so I wouldn’t have to worry about paint mucking up the small spaces.
Verdict on the paint: My underlayer (especially for the white ornament) was very brush-y and should have had two coats. A sprayed underlayer may have covered more smoothly. As for the glitter, the glitter blast spray went on beautifully, but was MUCH more subtle. To the point it was difficult to show in the photographs. The red was much more visible, but not as evenly applied. I think I still preferred the (cheaper) red though.
Lesson learned with glitter paint and the laser: glitter laughs in the face of transfer tape, at least low tack. As mentioned before, we use transfer tape to protect the surface while cutting from excessive burn, which was needed for an intricate job like this. But it would not stick. So the ornaments, the white one especially, look a little singed.
For the future: I like the concept design, but the cut out names were just too intricate and make the ornaments more fragile than I’d like. I think the cut out initial is awesome, but I think I’ll engrave the names next time. What do you think?
I hope you all have a good holiday and have enjoyed the second to the last post of 52 Lasers’ first year!