Needing some creative help here. A friend asked me if I could make a metal medallion to attach to the top of his humidor - about 3x3. I told him I’d give it a try. Got some anodized aluminum and set out on the quest.
For starters, the source JPG is pretty poor and I may need to somehow recreate in Illustrator or something. But here’s what came of it after several different power settings.
Any ideas on how to make this look cool? I guess I’m not set on aluminum being the source, but that’s what he asked for. Still new to engraving as a whole and this is my first aluminum one.
Seems like it would be simple enough to recreate that image, especially with eflyguy’s image. Fiverr would work, too, but I think the learning experience on how to manually trace this would be more beneficial.
Definitely vectorize the patch if you can - you will get much crisper lines.
But one other thing you can do is to use a really high LPI when you engrave it. It takes a lot longer to do, but high definition engraving/etching on anodized metal is the one time it really pays to use a high LPI value.
My thinking is to make a 3d image on hard wood large enough beyond to place a thick foil (like a pie plate or similar) that can be fastened in place not to move and using a rubber hammer or some such means of applying still pressure, press the aluminum against the wood enough to conform to the design and perhaps get to something similar to a notary stamp on paper.
I have experimented with this with encouraging results though enough pressure without the mold moving has been the biggest issue.