All of those photos were taken pre-polyurethane. They all shined up pretty nicely. Didn’t have time to take new photos. Last night was applying the cork to the bottoms. The box was sized-to-fit. The coasters sit ever-so-nicely in their caddy.
Thanks so much! It was a surprising amount of work to manipulate the images to a point that made them suitable for the engrave I wanted. The Hogwarts one took 2 hours because it was pre-colored and I knew I wanted to color it myself, so I had to go in and carefully remove the coloring from the background, while leaving the design in place, and then adjusting the remaining coloring for good contrast, etc. WORTH IT.
Seriously. The funny part was, that was a last-minute selection. My wife said we have to make a set of 6 coasters. Not 4, not 5, not 8… 6. And I’m like… I can’t think of a 6th thing to use! Her original thought was Sorting Hat. But as I played with the image I quickly theorized that the sorting hat, engraved into wood, would look like poop emoji instead. So her 2nd idea was the glasses and lightning bolt symbols. I liked that idea, but thought it might be too sparse. Then I said “What about a Snitch?” She said “Sure.” And then I said “Hey! We can make the Golden Snitch… a Golden Snitch!” I’d never used the foil before, but figured it wasn’t a long engrave, so if it didn’t come out well, I’d just trash it and engrave without the foil. Well, it came out awesome.
The box was a modified box generated by http://www.makercase.com/. Modified in that I cut the slots in the sides and removed the cuts for a lid since it wouldn’t have one. The cutting board was, I think, a gift we never opened. It had a cool gift-worthy shape to it, and a coloring that screamed “ENGRAVE ME!”
Ha! I’m no artist. And I don’t have the brush skill required to paint those tiny images.
Taking a cue from @Jules and others… I used Sharpie! The Hogwarts coaster was a 1st draft. I was using fine-tip Sharpie and it bled a little if you look closely. So I got ultra-fine and redid it (but I didn’t take a new photo). As you can see, Sharpie does a pretty nice job of coloring wood. And after I polyurethaned them, it all really came together.
Oh, man, I hope so! I tell ya… Personalized gifts are super-fun to give. They may be time-consuming, and they may even be more expensive, but to give something unique, or at least personal, to somebody is the best. My brother and I have joked (okay, half-joked) about instead of getting gifts, sending each other files for Christmas that he and his family can 3D print, and I and my family can laser cut.
Fabulous array of wonderful pieces. Extra nice that you personalized them for the people involved…that means so much more. Great job! And the foil is really neat…I’ll bet you’ll be trying more of that.
I’m certain of it. So it’s something like $30/roll. I was about to add like every color to my cart. My wife was kind enough to stop me with “Why don’t we get one for now and see how it looks and if we like working with it. We can always order more.” When it finished engraving she said “That is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen anybody make. I can’t believe we can just do that whenever we want.” So, yeah… we’ll be ordering more.