Made my first original idea and wanted to give back to the community that got me started!
On this first pass I just used the default settings for Medium Natural Leather on the sample of proofgrade I received. Did not think through the final result so the etched tips crumbled while I was removing the mask. Next time I not only want to use a thicker leather for durability but also less power to the etch. I also really loved the burn marks left and will likely remove the mask before creating v2. But that is of course a matter of personal preference.
I was inspired to create a smaller scale version of tattoo I’ll be getting in the future and wanted something super wearable and comfortable given its size which is why I picked leather. I also didn’t want a chain or cord running between the antlers. Since this piece already came out a bit too thin and charred I only glued a chain to the middle of each antler. In the future I’ll have to do something nicer. Overall, it feels like a success!
Honestly, the file is still a bit messy but my focus is shot after knocking this out in one night from conception to prototype. I will likely get back to it at some point after I experiment more with materials. Either way the file loads a cut for the outline (good to go), a full etched image (also good), and two random speckles I can’t for the life of me get rid of (yet). I just opted to ignore that slice and everything else went smoothly.
I don’t want this to be used commercially but I am excited to see who would be interested in making one for themselves/loved ones and how they do so!