95: Fabric Covered Wood

A few weeks ago, during Week 92: Laser Cut Appliques to be exact, I came across the intriguing fact on the Heat N Bond website that it works to adhere fabric to wood.  Cue wheels spinning! Most of my jewelry design is done in silhouette, without  a lot of detail other than in the outline.  This [...]

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 [...]

83: Lacing Cards

The lacing card activity idea has been in my back pocket since probably the start of the blog, thanks to Rebecca at Hugs Are Fun, who is totally a pro at the whole mom thing.  She knew that lacing cards were a great toddler activity that can keep little hands busy.  And busy is what [...]

75: Hanging Lamps

This week's post was inspired by a thrift store find, the book "Scroll Saw Pattern Book" by Patrick Spielman and Patricia Spielman, published 1986.  I have a weakness for thrift store vintage craft books, and many come home with me, even for crafts I've never done.  This scroll saw book is full of simple patterns [...]

73: Bevel or Miter Guide

This week's project is a totally unintended project, a plan C, made by necessity. Both plan A and plan B didn't come to fruition because we didn't have the tools needed, so for plan C , we decided to make one of the missing tools! Plan B involved making a box.  With the laser alone, we [...]

64: To paint before, or paint after engraving?

I've been working one some new designs based on quilt blocks that involve engraving to create a two toned design.   Given that the engraved / unengraved area is roughly equal, I thought this would be a good time to test whether it's better to paint first, then engrave away the color or surface you [...]