This is a tutorial for some laser cut labels for canning jars. I've recently started canning my own tomato sauces, and I wanted to have a label that wouldn't require adhesive. These labels are made to fit the standard size lids, not the wide mouth lides. These instructions are assuming that you are using the Universal Lasers @ TechShop Chandler, and that you have taken the SBU and are familiar with how to operate the machine.
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Step 1: Gather Materials
For this project, you will need the Illustrator file provided, painter's tape, and cardstock paper.
Step 2: Customize File & Print
Open up the Illustrator file and change the text to whatever you would like. You can make the text smaller or change the font if you would like. Just make sure that whatever you want to be etched on the coaster is in black.
When you have finished customizing the look of the labels, go ahead and print from Illustrator to the laser program. From the print screen in Illustrator, make sure to hit "Setup" and "Preferences" to access the laser settings. Set your material height to .01", and choose Construction Paper for the material. Make sure to hit apply. Access the Manual settings tab, and change the black settings to a power of 20%. Once you are back in the print dialog, hit "Print"
Step 3: Setup Material on Laser Bed
Place the cardstock on the laser bed, and use the painter's tape to hold down the edges. If the edges aren't held down, then the exhaust air will blow the paper around when the lid is closed.