Getting inspiration from seeing a post by @pauline.lally, I decided to take a crack at making a few vases. The first couple were must modifications of the Thingiverse tupip flatpack vase. The first I added color on draftboard to see how it would turn out along with some engraving. The second was geometric shapes cutout on Walnut. The third was an enclosure for a 2" bottle I picked up at Hobby Lobby, this also on walnut.
I have questions on the first one, but if you consider them trade secrets, I’ll understand! Did you paint the area with the swirls before etching? If so, is it like a wash? And how did you get the blue outline? (I see that it’s not just on the edges, but outlining the swirl area, too) Masking?
It’s not a trade secret, but it is a PITA. In my design, I use Illustrator as my tool of choice, I create an negative offset path from the outside border. The outside border will be cut, so it’s set to one color, and the line that is the result of the offset will be a score, and set to a different color. I also use that inside line to perform a clipping mask on the design that I want to engrave. I load everything up into the glowforge UI, and make multiple passes at each. I’m using proofgrade, so the draftboard was already masked.
Ensure that your wood is taped/magnet/honeycomb hold down to the bed, as you don’t want it to move, and will be used a jig for multiple passes.
Step one: Run the job with the score first, and the cut second. No Engrave yet.
Step Two: Pull the pieces out, and remove only the masking from the part you want to paint.
Step Three: Paint the outside edge on each side and let dry.
Step Four: Remove the rest of the masking and place back into the glowforge and run the engrave.
Step Five: Turn the pieces over and run the engrave on the other side. You will need to have 1/2 your pieces reflected in the design so that they can be swapped and placed into the jig.
I usually just by non-flavored, non-sweetened plain yogurt so I don’t pay attention to all the varieties. I was looking for a likely candidate for culturing some of my own when I noted the Oui brand of yogurt from Yoplait. There are in some great glass bottles that caught my attention. I thought about putting a note in the dairy case to contact me if they buy this brand. I figured after a couple weeks I’d get more glasses than I could ever use.