To celebrate the new season of Game of Thrones coming out on monday the 7th of april(airs the 6th in the US, but I live in Denmark), me and some friends are going to have a Game of Thrones night, with beer, food and of course Game of Thrones, therefor I made these Game of Thrones coasters!
In this instructable I am going to show how I made a GoT beer coaster from scratch with pictures of the sigils of different houses in Westeros. I have uploaded an illustrator file with the different stencils. I have made the following houses, but feel free to make some more using my method,
And some additional that is not houses:
- The sigil of Peter Baelish
- The sigil of the Nights Watch
- The Dothraki
Step 1: Generate Path for Engraving
To make the sigil that had to be engraved, I first had to find a sigil of the house on google, the more contrast there is in the picture the better.
After that I opened it in illustrator, and used the trace outline function, which automatically recognised and traced the outlines from the png. file.
From there I made sure that It was only the parts that I wanted engraved that was black.
Step 2: Make Cuttinglines for the Laser Cutter
After that I copy/pasted the stencil onto a shape of the beer coaster I had made, the parts that need cutting has to have a line thickness of 0.01, the driver in the cutter automatically recognises this as a path to cut, the part that needs engraving must not have any lines at all, therefor a line thickness of 0.
Step 3: Cut
When cutting it is very important that it is taped down, while plywood often bends.
Step 4: Clean of Soot
Clean the edges with soap and water, and the top with light sanding.
Step 5: Add Beeswax
I coated the whole thing in beeswax, since it really gives the wood a nice color.