Map on slate

A nearly maxed out engrave at 10.5” by 16+“ (18:12 aspect ratio), The map is of Strongsville Ohio from a map of Cuyahoga County in the library of Congress, circa 1858. A gift for some Ohio family members.

As always lighting matters, here it is in progress:

Thanks to @kittski for her mineral oil slate technique and @Jules for posting settings.

Sources, since people will ask…

Map: https://www.loc.gov/item/2012591128/
Slate: https://www.worldmarket.com/product/slate-cheese-board.do

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Definitely going to try oiling the slate first, that just turned out fantastic! :grinning:

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Wow, I’m going to have to invest in some slate! This came out really nice, and I’m going to have to agree with you, lighting really does matter!

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WOW! Do you have a link to the settings and the oil technique?
:grinning:

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That is amazing! How long did it take?

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That is so beautiful, I think I would be hanging it on the wall rather than bearing down on a cheese knife with it.

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Wow! Looks so amazing!

Last night I did a test on cardboard to do a map for my daughter & son-in-law. Was going to change to wood today … but, now I must hesitate and think … should I order slate for Friday delivery???

Beautiful job!

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Oil technique discussion here:

https://community.glowforge.com/t/sealing-slate/16112/5?source_topic_id=16381

Settings:

https://community.glowforge.com/t/settings-for-engraving-on-slate/10034?source_topic_id=16381

Not to get into beyond the manual territory here, I’ll post a follow up response in @Jules thread in a minute that outlines a couple tips.

Here’s the update, with detailed build notes:

https://community.glowforge.com/t/settings-for-engraving-on-slate/10034/13?source_topic_id=16381
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About 2 hours of engraving… :slight_smile:

Slate Good-Fire Good-Imagineering Good…Feel the Glow…!

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Fantastic!

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Thanks for sharing!! I’m currently living in Ohio, this is great - and I can definitely see myself making some.

As someone who just discovered that Ohio has a wine region, I’m tempted to hold off on my wine & cheese pairing party until I get my GF so I can have some :wine_glass: region maps and :cheese: region maps!

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Be careful of oily things on the engraved slate, it’ll darken your engrave… basically once you engrave it it’s kind of not usable for cheese anymore.

There may be a way to seal it after engraving that would preserve the contrast, but I haven’t gotten around to investigating that yet. There’s just so much to figure out!

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I adore this!!!

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Love the look of the old map. I agree that it is too precious for cheese - this deserves to be hung up on a wall!

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I’m in the process of making an easel for it as we speak!

Love it! I go to church in Strongsville! O-H!

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Fabulous! What a great map and gift!

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how thick was the slate you used?

Sources, since people will ask…

Map: https://www.loc.gov/item/2012591128/
Slate: https://www.worldmarket.com/product/slate-cheese-board.do
According to the link posted for the material, it was .5"

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