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all the awesome people have laser cutters (kiteman, pier 9 and many more!). And with laser cutters come those cool burn marks on the side. So I decided I would try to fake it.

For the Epilog contest: if I had a laser cutter I would redo this project with a real laser cutter. (then I would do the rest of the K-man's i'bles)

Step 1: Acquire .PDF of Your Design

Acquire a .PDF of the design you want.

got the bowtie design from Kiteman's (awesome) instructable.

Step 2: L̶a̶s̶e̶r̶ Cut It!

Print out your .PDF and staple it to your wood. Now break out that reciprocating saw (that has sat forgotten for months) and cut it out. using a bandsaw would probably be better but the saw broke on mine so.......

Step 3: Fake It

now for the magic!

First tape everything but the sides. Then get a blowtorch (parental guidance required) and burn the sides. I noticed that if you hold it in one place everywhere but where you are pointing turns black so the more you move the more the burn marks!

Step 4: Show Off Your Laser Cut Item

now show people (or dogs) your awesome (fake) laser cut :)

and now here is a GIF for your troubles

Instructable Robot

Step 5:

<p>Haha, that's the first time I've seen hand-made techniques being used to fake the machine-made look, usually it's the other way round!</p>
<p>*usually</p><p>I thought about not publishing this but &quot;I shalt post&quot; :)</p>
Another way to do this without the fire is to use a very dull blade and force it through anyway. That or sand the edges with a power sander and worn out sandpaper. <br>Great ible.
<p>good suggestion but fire is always good :)</p><p>thank you! (I would also appreciate a vote)</p>
<p>Very nice 'ible! I couldn't help but notice some slight burning on the faces of the wood; could this potentially be remedied by sanding the faces after burning to give it a cleaner look?</p>
<p>yes good idea! but I used plywood with a paper front so it would peel away</p>
Nice technique. You should try kerfing the next time XD<br>I like the main image of your dog wearing the bow and instructable tee...
<p>thank you!</p><p>that would be........ hard.... extremely hard </p><p>this would be wayyy easier <a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Super-flexible-duble-curvature-surface-laser-cut-p/"> https://www.instructables.com/id/Super-flexible-du...</a> :)</p>
<p>Oh I agree. Any 5 year with a sharpie could do that... that too within a century.</p><p>Why not try this: <a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Making-a-cardboard-head-with-a-secret-hiding-spot/">https://www.instructables.com/id/Making-a-cardboard...</a></p>
<p>childs play</p>
<p>i like your dog and am gonna vote for him!!!!</p>
<p>thanks! </p><p>(and its <em>her</em> not him)</p>
<p>I've entered this in a few contests and would appreciate some votes so I can do this for real!</p>

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