First etchings, first time working with slate! Thanks to @jules for the settings and @kittski for the recommendation of a light coat of cutting board oil before etching.
Learnings from this project:
- Go ahead and save yourself some aggravation and make a jig from cardboard for the coasters in order to accurately place artwork.
- Yes, the darkness of color you choose for the words will make a difference in how intensely they etch. I know this should be blatantly obvious, but it was my first etching and up until now I’d only used colors to define steps and cut/score operations.
- You may need to adjust the “burn correction” depending on the type of wood and/or style of box. I’d just made some maple PG boxes with living hinges and with 0.09 the joints were pretty loose . . . for this one, (PG walnut) 0.07 was mallet tight.
- As always, the Forum is a fantastic repository of information - settings, experiences, and best practices. Thanks to everyone here for your contributions!
Very nice gift! They look great.
So, the darker the fill on illustrator will determine the darkness of the engrave?
That was my experience (using Inkscape, but same principle).
Can I ask what settings you used? The lighter color, the better. They look great!
I used the settings in Jules’ post
The lighter colored ones were apple green and orange, the more opaque engraves were dark blue and purple (colors I selected in Inkscape).
.09/.07 or .009/.007 ? I find my kerfs tend to hit at .009 or so.
With this box generator I input settings for “burn” at 0.09/0.07
The default is 0.1 on this site. Maybe it differs for different generators and their calculations?
Aha. Right, I was dealing with inches in Inkscape. Cool, thanks!