By: Logan Siahaan AKA EAGON
A contestant in the Epilog Laser Contest. If I won, I would continue to design and create art and other custom parts that people would want or need. I would also start a business with it because I love lasering so much! It would help me become a great model maker, I have used a laser in the past when I was in school and even did comissions for people around the world with it, I also was able to network with great people who were able to supply me with inexpensive materials. I now have many stacks of material in my basement that I can not do much with. I wanted to start a business last year but I knew I had to save most of my money for college. This laser would help me achieve my dreams!
Step 1: First Acquire Your Materials
I picked up these frames at a rummage sale as well.
You also need a pencil
Scissors, or X-Acto Knife/ Cutting Surface
A bit of Adobe illustrator/ AutoCAD skills (this is optional because you can do basic tracing and cutting as well)
A laser cutting, vinyl cutting service (this is optional because you can always cut it manually) (depending on choice of material)
A vinyl cutting service, but its easier to find a local business to do it over websites, because it is more common than laser cutting.
Step 2: Arrange Your Frames
Then choose some images you would like to use from anywhere. I traced these two images I found on Google, I then used them for a reference and split and re-arranged them, so you can do what ever image you would like.
AutoCAD: line tool, spline tool, circle, cut-to tools
Step 3: Position Your Drawing
I then positioned the tree across the frames, (using different layers helps determine what your actually seeing)
I extended the tree across the outside of the frames so it has a "bleed" and so it holds in the frame better too!
How I had the last branch I wanted an apple, so I found a heart apple and made it so the red part of the apple was different from the green leaf.
Step 4: Splitting and Fitting
Cut them out and place them in the frames!
Step 5: Lasering and Fitting
Then when the cut-outs arrive, or you have a laser cutter and you now have the parts already, you can start to glue them to the scrapbook paper.
Make sure you have your design handy though because you have to make sure it all lines up.
Then you can glue the apple and leaf on the outside of the frame to get all 3 layers!
Step 6: Finished!
If you have any trouble you can leave a comment or msg me! I also can send you my CAD file if you want my design!