Home Improvement Laser Cutting Project
Maps or terrain fragments are good choices for decoration or souvenirs of a favorite place. There are lots of fun spots to draw inspiration from, and materials to get the style you want. The first choice is wood because of its elegant look. Wood is also easily combined with craft materials such as epoxy, metal and plastic.
Inlays and Wall Art
These come in all shapes and forms, from minimal art to detailed pieces. Lasers can reach extremely high tolerances, so even pictures with thin elements can be rendered perfectly. Pictures of plastic and metal are popular because they are suitable for homes and offices. If you have an artist by your side, mosaic decoration is an interesting avenue for your work.
Engraved wallets and leather labels
Low-power lasers can work on textiles and leather materials, opening up possibilities for items such as wallets, cardholders, bracelets and luggage tags. Both natural and faux leather are stylish. It also comes in different hardness/thickness so you can create flexible projects.
Today, natural materials are becoming more and more popular. Stone, wood, cork - these are just some of the widely used mediums. A huge advantage of natural pieces is their unique appearance, which can be used for design purposes on its own. By cutting and carving, you can also shape your project to better suit your ideas. For starters, smaller items may be preferable - earrings, pins, charms.
With the gentle laser power, some natural and synthetic textiles can also be engraved. The results can be used as the basis for designing bags, clothing and headwear.
One of the common creative uses of laser engraving is to use clear and translucent plastics. Acrylic glass and polycarbonate are two popular materials that are nearly optically clear and can be accurately cut into designs. While in daylight it looks like a normal engraving, the addition of a small number of colored LEDs creates a truly magical item where the engraving lights up.
These projects will require some electronics to assemble them and work safely. However, it is really possible to make these in your small workshop. Alternatively, you can design an enclosure to hold the electric candle.
For those who feel brave, there are larger projects to make pendant lights or chandeliers. This will involve creating several panels that are assembled into a final part. Larger parts like this can use MDF panels when natural wood is expensive.