I’m going to be making a bunch of smaller projects that are probably not individually worth sharing, but which may be of interest to some. I’ll use this post as a sort of log and I’ll try to include notes about anything that I learned.
I’ll start with a very simple round coaster with the Overwatch (video game) logo, made out of 1/8" Proofgrade Maple Plywood.
This still isn’t quite what I intended, but it’s close. The logo was intended to be engraved in two different shades, but it looks the same in my result. Here’s the original source image, which I used the colors from in my first attempt:
For that attempt, I used light engrave and the yellow section barely burned through the masking paper. I adjusted the colors, added a score line around the logo segments, and tried again with the result above. I think I overcompensated and made the colors too close together so they engraved at the same power.
I should have tested these smaller instead of wasting a 3.5" circle of proofgrade for each test – I may adjust the colors and do some additional tests later to see if I can get the result I was looking for but I’m still unspeakably happy that I could design and run both tests in about an hour.