All things marble

So I have been meaning to do a writeup on marble in the glowforge and am finally getting to it. In this first post I will just show the results and settings of the types of marbles I have done. I will do follow up posts on this thread that will go into the best vendors I have found for these items, trade offs of the marble types, and other random marble stuff you can fit in the glowforge.

The marbles in this thread are honed and polished marbles. The settings I used for all the honed marble was full power, full speed, 270 LPI, and two passes. The settings I used for all the polished marble was full power, full speed, 270 LPI, and one pass.


The different marbles and the results when engraving

So lets start with just the standard white honed marble (marble that is smooth with a matte finish). This is the marble I commonly see people use in the other marble posts on these forums.

As you can see, the design stands out some but not as much as the other marbles I will go into. One option you can do with this honed marble is use a colored filling to fill in the engraved design:

I do not remember the paint I used but I do know that it was one that I found when using the glowforge forums and so you can search for marble paint and probably find it on this forum.


So now lets go into polished white marble (marble that has the glossy finish)

As you can see, the design stands out much more and the variations in the veining of the marble standard out more. Hang in there though because I will go into the trade offs for picking this type of marble in my follow up post on this thread. There are down sides to using the polished marble.


So now, here is polished black marble

And here is polished black marble next to honed black marble


And finally for this first post, here is polished green marble

The cons of polished marble

No doubt, designs look amazing on the polished marble. However, there are a few things to keep in mind.

1) They are prone to breaking/chipping

With the polished finish on the marble, the edges become fragile which causes them to chip easily. When they do chip, the rest of the polished surface makes the chips stand out that much more. Below is an example of a ding that did not take much effort to have occur:

2) Vendor supplier

Polishing a marble to the quality like the ones in my photos is not something someone can do DIY with honed marble and still get the same look at mine. The boards used in my photos are all made by FoxRun brands which is a company that has dominated the market when it comes to these types of boards. So that means you really just have one brand but there are a few options where to best buy that brand. I will get into that in the longer session on vendors. I actually have a wholesale account with FoxRun but I do not order these boards from them often for some reasons that I will get into.

3) Standout veining

All marble will have veining however, the polishing of the marble will make the veining stand out much more then the honed marble. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Personally I think the variations of veining is really cool and what I love about the polished marble.

The thing you have to keep in mind about this is that it means there is a lot more variation from slab to slab. So if you are going to sell these slabs then you have to be prepared for customers that do not like the veining of the one they got. No matter how much you explain this in listings, you will get customers like this (yes, I can be a little snarky in my responses to some of my customers):

So if you sell them, be prepared for people often asking you if they can have a “prettier board” (whatever that means)…

Again, I will follow up here shortly (over the next few days) with the sources on where to buy these marbles, and other fun marble items that can fit in the glowforge.

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These look awesome. I like printing on marble.

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Thank you this info is fantastic, I think your work is beautiful and looking forward to learning more in your follow up post. Regardless you have provided lots of info here for someone (me) to be able to get started with this :slight_smile:

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Thanks very much for sharing your experience with marble of different colors and finishes.

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Wow! Great results on all of these.

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I bookmarked this post as I want to be able to refer to it. Will also be waiting to see your sources. Your work is beautiful and marble such a gorgeous medium.

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Thanks! There is so much to add to it. I might try and restructure the original post to look more like that guide that @evansd2 made and often directs other to. It’s format with the drop downs is really fancy looking :slight_smile: just need to learn how to do that.

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When I first saw this post I was thinking “marble runs” and was really excited!

Then I saw it was engraving marble, and though I was disappointed it wasn’t what I thought, I was completely amazed at the beautiful results! Wow; thanks for sharing!

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Great info! Lots of potential here! Thanks for the inspiration!

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I am looking to do something similar. Could you tell me where you got the marble?

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Are you looking for ones to make a few personal things here and there or are you looking at trying to make a business out of selling them?

I was working on the write up on the trade offs but can prioritize something on the vendors :slight_smile:

Pretty much for a few one offs. I like how clean they come out and would like to make a few memorial stones with the marble.

So I just updated the post with the information on the cons of the polished marble (which will tie into the question on where to buy them).

The post I will do on vendors will be much longer (it will take a bit more time to write) but I will go into a lot of great information on how it is to buy wholesale. For now a more to the point response to your question on where to buy them based on your specific uses…

  1. Because you wont need a steady supply of the FoxRun marble boards, the best place to get them for the best cost would be to go in person to local department stores (i.e. World Market, Khols, Bed Bath and Beyond) and see if they have them. The reason why I say in person is because you will want to open up the box at the store and make sure the board is not damaged (they damage easily especially if they have been sitting in a department store). You can get them for usually $20-$30 at department stores and save on shipping them. But no matter what, do not order them online from a department store. The ones they will send you will be ones that had been sitting on a shelf and likely dinged up.
  1. If going in person to a department store does not work for you then I recommend ordering from https://www.webstaurantstore.com/ When you order from them then you will be getting boards that are basically straight from FoxRun. So they have not been sitting on a shelf of a store where people have likely dinged them up.

Another option is to become a wholesale buyer from FoxRun, which is what I do but I also often just order the boards from Webrestaurantstore.

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