I have a project in mind that can use some ideas, suggestions, and insights from any and all of you skilled and more laser-knowledgeable people.
Please bear with a little background. My dad passed over 30 years ago, but my mom, bless her heart, hung on until she was 103 and finally passed in Nov. 2014. My brothers and I interred their cremains in a plot in a small pioneer cemetery only this last July. Since that time, I will own the fantastic Glowforge and have realized that I would be honored to be able to use it to make a permanent marker for them.
We are not very fond of the ‘store bought’ markers available and would like to have something more organic, symbolizing their love of travel during their lifetime. Perhaps a chunk of basalt or some other type of rock, with a metal plaque either glued or riveted into the rock. I am aware of the limitations of the Glowforge…as well as my own limited knowledge, but here are some thoughts and questions I would like to throw out there for now;
• Which types of metals will show marking or ‘engraving’ better than others?
• Will the metal marking wear away eventually?
• What metals will wear better than another when exposed to weather?
• Anyone that can explain how Cermark works and/or point me to online information or education about it would be wonderful.
• I love slate. What kind of results could possibly be expected from engraving on a piece of slate, then fastening that onto the main rock face?
• Anyone who knows about various types of rock would be helpful. I know that it will have to do with what kind of rock is available to us in our area (Oregon)…and that obviously something like sandstone would not be a good choice….but I have little knowledge about that, in general.
Anything at all that anyone might be able to share with me will be most appreciated and helpful. And certainly any other ideas that are different than my own about what we might do will be more than welcome. Thank you, all.