Seeing lots of talk about doing Glowforge marquetry and papercutting, I thought I’d share a little trick for picking up teeny cut pieces off the honeycomb, especially ones that you want to stay in a particular arrangement (such as unconnected letters or images with multiple parts that you want to glue directly to another surface).
Tape of various kinds is useful (especially blue painter’s tape), but it’s easy to bump things and have them
get jumbled when you can’t see through the tape, and for the tape to be too sticky. To prevent having to tweezer your little parts up or back into place, put mesh drywall tape over your tiny pieces while they’re still on the honeycomb, and smooth down the tape as firmly as needed. You’ll still be able to see your little bits through the tape and then pick them all up in one go. For larger pieces, you can put several layers together–the mesh is open enough that you’ll still be able to see through it.
If you’re gluing them down with something like spray glue, you can just flip the whole taped section over and spray the back, then press only the cut pieces down on your base. The pieces will be stickier than the tape, so the tape will peal off–without leaving marks in the cut pieces or base.
Could you use a fine wire mesh under your workpiece, sort of like a tray? I don’t know much about lasers, but from my few readings it sounds like the laser wouldn’t cut it, and the heat would still be able to dissipate downwards.
By the way, if you LOSE tiny pieces on the floor after Forging them (which will definitely happen at some point), put a piece of pantyhose over the tip of your vacuum cleaner hose with a rubber band. Vacuum around the area of your Forge and your little pieces will end up stuck on face of the pantyhose.
Heh–got to break down those gender roles, bud. BTW, I learned this trick from jewelers–when they lose a 1/2 carat diamond or a chunk of gold on their floor, they don’t wait around for the dog to eat it.
I am a strong believer that one should have a strong grasp of both measurement systems (even though the metric system is so much more straightforward than the imperial - duodecimal - system.) I feel like a traitor to my american blood