Star Wars Ornament

Here goes my first post showing my first project (I’m not counting the GF Ruler from the tutorial).

I am an avid Star Wars fan and I wanted to create a meaningful keepsake to commemorate Carrie and Kenny - who both passed away in 2016. This picture shows my progression from concept sketch to final design.

As you can see, I started pretty basic as I was learning what each of the settings would do. I thought the silhouettes were going to tell the story for me, but my wife suggested the I push the design a little further.

I experimented with a 3D engrave on the figures, but the results were a bit harsh. I switched to a photo engrave and got much better results. I needed (and still need) to tweak the photo to get a proper level of contrast.

The final design on the right took just over an hour. The outer edge engraving was most of that time. For my production offering, I think I may paint the outer edge in “Rebel Orange” instead of burning with the laser.

My technique: I scored the shape around the figures and cut the inner negative space as the first process. Then, I carefully removed the film from the figures to expose the surface for the photo engraving. Then, I ran the rest of the job. This minimized the amount of “over burn” that would have resulted from engraving first, and cutting afterwards.

So, there it is.

Thanks for reading.

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Beautiful tribute! :slightly_smiling_face:

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Exceptional first project!

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I love this! Any chance you’d be willing to share or sell the plans?

This is awesome!

Wonderful idea, and you did a stellar job!

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Stunning! I’m inspired by your process from idea to tailored creation. What a wonderful commemoration.

This is so sweet!