I rarely read traditional printed books these days, but as I have time to kill during daily infusions, I wanted to re-read Art of War and I don’t have it for Kindle. Sun Tzu’s Military Method for those that don’t know, but was essential reading in the IT Security industry.
It’s started a few conversations with nurses and doctors, so I decided to make a bookmark to go along with it. I usually don’t bother with them, I can remember what page I was on just fine, but this might also spark some conversation. Plus, I want my daughter to read it so this will be a nice accompaniment to the book.
Graphics, Mandarin characters (孫子兵法=Art of War) and traditional border from the interwebs. Cut/engraved on Mahogany veneer. (This is the project that was kicking my butt because the HD Graphic settings when using bitmaps - even when entered manually - on my machine don’t mark the material.)
It has 3M 3850 packing tape on the back to ensure the fragile cut design stays together. It’s polypropylene, I checked the data sheet.
I broke up the design into sections after converting to vector, so the left, middle and right graphic engraves are separate steps. This sped up the print from ~65min to <40min, as the big empty space between the long side strips didn’t require the head to run the full width of the design.