When I read about a class where you could learn how to make jewelry with a laser cutter, I had to give it a try. Not that I know much about this <ahem> cutting edge technique.
My limited expertise on lasers comes from a few people I know who have had laser surgery, watching a friend run a laser light show years ago at the Sheraton Valley Forge, and from the Austin Powers movies in which the villain, Dr. Evil, tries to take over the world with an army of sharks who have laser beams attached to their heads. He fails and the sharks look uncomfortable.
There was a laptop computer all ready for each us. No waiting!
Here’s my design on my computer. Most of the people in the class decided to make brooches and earrings, but I thought it would be fun to try a bangle bracelet.
Here’s the laser cutter.
After an assistant fed your design into a computer attached to the cutter, you could watch the laser do its work.
You could tell the program to “etch” the material or to cut it out.
We used wood and plexiglass.
Here’s my bracelet as it is being cut out.
The bracelet after it came out of the laser cutter. The edges were sharp and in need of sanding.