Materials you'll need:
wood (either 2 types, or 1 pale wood + wood stain) 3/4" thick
3/4" brass round
jb weld or epoxy
sand paper (rough and fine grit)
Tools I used:
Milling machine (drill press or hand held drill will also work)
Step 1: Prepare your files
1 - queen bee
3 - grasshoppers
3 - soldier ants
2 - spiders
2 - beetles
Designing your graphics within a vector based program will allow you to easily send the files to a laser cutter for engraving. Draw a regular hexagon that is approximately 1.5" wide. The exact size doesn't matter as much as all the pieces being the same. Then go ahead and draw out your insects. Have fun! These can look any way you'd like them to.
Step 2: Laser and metal cutting
Adding a brass disk into the back of your pieces gives them a nice hefty weight (also brass and walnut look lovely together). Using a horizontal bandsaw made quick work of cutting my 3/4" brass round into pieces 1/2" long. Afterwards you'll probably want to use a file to knock off any sharp edges caused by cutting.