We used the standard wood setting with our 40 Watt Zing. Speed 70 and Power of 100.
For today's fun project we personalized some golf tees. Simple, easy, and fun for the golfer in the family. Being in the laser engraving business sometimes we search for readily available items to laser on that don't cost a fortune. You can get a bag of 100 tees for less than $7. Some might think that these are too small to run on the rotary attachment. To be honest we just run them on our laser without the rotary and they turn out perfect.
We used the standard wood setting with our 40 Watt Zing. Speed 70 and Power of 100.
Quite a while ago we did some work with leather bracelets and today we decided to try them again. One of our favorite suppliers here at MBJD Laser is JDS Industries. If you are into laser engraving, chances are you have bought products from JDS. They are quick to ship and their products are quality. I can't say enough about their products!
What cought my eye when selecting their leather bracelets was the fact that they had 2 different varieties of black. The really cool part is that depending on the kind you buy the black bracelets will either laser gold or laser silver really creating a professional look. Sky is the limit on one what you could put on these. Sports teams, clubs, groomsman gifts are just a few ways to show them off.
As far as laser settings go, we used a speed of 100 and a power of 18 with our 40 Watt Zing.
Today we had a great time doing some creating with our laser. While searching pintrest for some new ideas I stumbled across some handmade "Save The Date" pieces that I really found interesting so we decided to give it a try here at MBJD Laser and add our own flavor and twist.
SAVE THE DATE items have become more and more popular over the years. Reunions, Weddings, Graduations etc have all become creative on getting family and relatives the information on these special days in our lives. Save the date tokens might be something worth looking into.
We created our save the date tokens out of 1/8" plywood veneer. We can create them in Walnut (dark), Cherry (medium), or Pine (light) colored veneers. Another great piece that we add to our tokens is an inlayed acrylic heart. The color in the acrylic pops off nice and is adds so much to the overall look. With the size roughly 2.5" x 2.5" and very light in weight they can easily be put into an envelope with a card along with the official invitation you are mailing.
But what truly separates our "save the date" tokens from other wooden tokens is we have included a hidden magnet so that they can be put onto a refrigerator door as an easy and quick reminder. If you look at the pictures below, note that you can not see any visible magnet! These are truly high quality and the perfect keepsake.
Obviously we can create other save the date events. Imagination is our only limitation.
Insulated tumblers in all brands, sizes and colors continue to be a popular item. They laser engrave so nicely and they typically fall into the budget of just about any customer. If you are needing 1 or 1000 we handle it all here at MBJD Laser.
We can supply the tumblers or if you already have some purchased we can work with what you already have in hand. Lately we have been lasering a lot of colored tumblers. Red, Blue, Black and just about every color you can imagine.
In our opinion the reason they are so popular is because they work, they last, and everyone uses a cup each and every day. Below are a couple that we have done this past week.
This past week we had an opportunity to do quite a few coffee mugs for a local business. We have been doing these on a regular basis for some time now and they always turn out amazing. Using a speed of 35 and a power of 70 with our Zing 40 watt laser gives us a crisp clean look every time.
A few things we have learned when laser engraving on coffee cups is the position of the handle and size of the handle matter. If the handle is to large it can cause problems with the rotary attachment. Also, if the handle position is not oriented in a way that the mug can rest comfortably in the rotary, that can also cause issues.
On these particular mugs the customer wanted something on both sides of the mug so we actually ran this mug twice. (I think we could have done it in one pass but to be safe we ran them twice to get good centering)
* Side Note - Ceramic lasers very nicely. Its Clean, and has a super crisp image. We always love engraving on ceramic mugs.
Many times in this business you get asked by friends, or in my case past students to create a gift with special meaning. Here are 2 examples of laser engraved work that we did for some of my past students that recently got engaged.
Picture frames always look nice, and you can never go wrong with Yeti! It always puts a smile on our face to know we played a small part in their special day. These particular Yeti are becoming more and more popular and come in a variety of colors.
Sometimes when working with our laser we try and do new and unique items. Today was one of those days where we had some time to play around with a new idea. I have always wanted to try laser engraving on a life size bowling pin but the only ones I have found are made of some sort of man made plastic that I didn't feel comfortable with putting in my laser. After a day of searching the internet I found these miniature wood bowling pins and decided to give it a try.
These miniature pins stand almost 4" tall and have a thin coat of varnish to give them that shine that makes them really look classy. These fit in our laser rotary attachment just like any other round stock and come out looking fabulous! We can paint fill to just about any color but black seems to look the best.
We hope to sell these as a trophy or award, tournament gifts, or even end of the season gifts. We are excited about the possibilities.
Here is a fun gift we did with a bottle of Makers Mark. Simple text engraving on the back looks outstanding and it makes a unique fun gift. The natural color of the liquor combined with the frosty white engraving really pops off and looks nice.
We used a speed of 30 and power of 100 to get these results with our laser engraver.
What a wild and crazy couple of months we have had here at MBJD Laser leading up to Christmas. It is always amazing to us how incredibly busy we get with personal one of a kind Christmas jobs. Here are a few we have done in the last couple of days that we hope you find ineresting.
The upper left photo shows a bamboo cutting board that our customer wanted an old family go to recipe for Potato Dumblings. Although it doesn't look like much in the photograph in our opinion what makes it so special is the hand written signature of the grandmother. We made 9 total and they turned out fabulous.
The upper right photo is a wooden boat oar. This was tough to do simply because it was to large to fit in our laser. We worked some magic to make this gem happen. Basically we masked the entire oar, lasered it, then black paint filled the engraving to get the dark black / stand off look.
The lower left project with the baby feet was one of our favorites. Our customer needed a gift for a baby shower and bought this white granite piece for us to work with. After about a month of planning, they decided on a prayer, and they also wanted a copy of the birth certificate footprints as well. The hardest part was scanning the footprints into photoshop and working the the prints over so that we could get a good laser image for our machine. Similar to the oar we masked the entire piece, lasered it, and finally paint filled with black paint. Amazing look!!
The bottom right are some new style wine tumblers. These are not hard to do, just shown here to show a new style that are becoming very popular.
Lastly the bottom picture of the stainless steel plate was a lot of fun. We always enjoy making special pieces on new substrates. We actually used cermark for this piece and the final product as you can see was stunning. We did 2 plates total. Each plate weighed 15 lbs each and was 18" x 12". Fun project!
This past week I saw a post on another Laser website about someone who created their own LED name badges for Lanyards. I liked the basic design / idea and thought I'd try to develop something on my own.
I had some left over LED's from a previous project and decided to use them for the project. In the pictures below I used a lanyard from a conference I attended. It really didn't matter to me what the lanyard had on it, this project was more about creating the name badge using acrylic and a small LED light.
As you can see in the pictures, the LED we used had the capability of fading into about 3 different colors creating a fun and unique look. I bought the LED from this website if you are interested. http://www.extremeglow.com/store/p/32-Button-Body-Lights.aspx These LED's last up to 8 hrs before they need to be changed.
There are to many details involved to explain the entire project but in a nutshell I designed the acrylic piece to accept the LED light using AutoCAD. With a few measurements and engineering we engineered 7 pieces of acrylic to fit nicely together around the LED light. 5 of the pieces were clear acrylic and 2 of the pieces were black.
All in all it was a fun project and it turned out well.