116: Laser Foil

Years ago, I purchased a roll of a foil material when I was first getting creative with the laser. I didn't really know how it worked, and most instructions required a process I was wholly uncomfortable with: touching the material in-between passes. Most of my experiences touching anything between engraving and cutting meant engravings that [...]

111: Bottlecap Sign

It wasn't all that long ago that the craft beer explosion happened, but it's hard to think back to when beer—at least in my life—was a choice between Budweiser and Miller products. While I'm sure there's debate aplenty about the community that formed around craft beer, you can't dismiss all of the awesome artwork that community [...]

86: 3D Letters

So, apparently I've got weddings in the brain.  For a friend, of course, I got that done over a decade ago myself.  Bridesmaid dress is purchased, invitations are nearly done, we will scouting wedding venues this weekend!  For this week's project, my mind turned to table decorations. Making 3D letters has been on my list [...]

85: Sticker Sheets

As part of a custom order of Ingress badges, I recently had a chance to revisit kiss cutting. I'd played with the process a few times before but not on 52lasers projects. Kiss Cutting is one of the most popular methods for creating pressure-sensitive labels. During the kiss-cutting process, the perimeter of each label is [...]

84: Color Fill

Recently, a potential client handed me a nice thick piece of finished hardwood and asked me to see how it looked when laser engraved. The goal is to create a higher quality look than the simple ink stamp he had used for these barrel-shaped plaques previously. I prepared some engraving tests on the back surface [...]