I hope this is okay, because I took some inspiration from @cynd11 and her mini-clock. I thought it would be cool to make a mantle sized one, and then I decided to try stained glass with different colors acrylic, with a cheap LED light base underneath. Here is the result, and I am so happy with it! I’m giving it to my mom, cannot wait! Thanks to @Jules for the kerf tutorial, it was great! Although it was odd, some of the purple (yes those are purple, not blue) pieces fit, others didn’t. I think there are three different kerf values in there that ended up working. Anyway, thanks again forum peeps! Y’all are the best!
Thanks Jules! I cannot cut one more thing on that laser before attempting the cleaning of it, which I will do with your tutorial at hand. I’m very nervous about it because I am afraid I will break something. At this point, I’m so addicted to this thing I would be very sad if something goes awry. So my next project is studying and getting up my nerve so I can move on to lasering gingerbread. Fun!
makes me want to know if by recreate you mean you made it from scratch using rectangles and circles or if you did a bitmap trace of a pattern and then nudged it here and there. If the latter, then I would expect pieces to not fit so well. If the former, then I’m a bit surprised, but kerf can be confounding sometimes.
The reason I would expect a trace to not kerf-compensate all that well is because the more complex the shape the more problems the software has in making a perfect “shadow” of it. And a trace usually has extra nodes causing bumps and stuff. It gets really complicated really quickly. But that clock is amazing; you wound up with a wonderful piece.
Hi there, I recreated it using shapes and lines. I was surprised too, the red and yellow pieces fit perfectly. And the first three purple ones did too. Then there were just some that were way too small. I had to increase the kerf value on those from. 008 to. 01 to get them to fit, it was really odd. But of course, I haven’t had anything yet work on the first try, so I wasn’t surprised.