Haven’t really done anything that different, but I thought this was interesting.
I started of with a plain dog paw lightly engraved on some ply. (Crappy lighting, sorry)
1" across, and they look way better in person. I was quite happy with them.
Then somebody asked if I could cut them out. Well, yeah, I have a LASER.
Same file, just told it to cut instead of engrave. Again, I was quite happy with them.
Then last night I asked myself, can you inlay them? I knew the machine could, but could I actually do it.
Turns out I could, and it didn’t even take me very long. Hardest part was getting the tiny pads into the holes.
Maple round cut out, walnut pads, red acrylic heart.
I did attempted a set in all acrylic (clear, black, red) and while it worked, once “welded” in place, there was a ton of crazing. You could only see it if you looked real close, but I wasn’t happy with it. I may need to get that toaster over after all so I can anneal if I am going to keep trying to do things like that.