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About time that I get this one shared properly, not really like anything else that you have seen from the Knitbitch so far, but I also like to experiment with these new crafting techniques. A couple of years ago I joined the hypercraft masterclass in the Fablab (de Waag) in Amsterdam. I used a pattern that my hubby had developed for a completely different purpose, tried different materials, it turned out to work quite amazingly in clear perspex. This last trial was made at the Protospace in Utrecht.

For this project you will need some perspex, clear transparent makes for a more blingy, crystallized version, milky makes for a more romantic crochet like version.

Perspex;
10x25 cm, thickness 4mm

Step 1: Preparation

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Check out the settings of the laser-cutter and make a test. You need to get two settings right; one to cut and one to etch. Also the laser-cutter will be able to read particular colors, note these ones down in order to "code" your pattern in the right way.

Prepare your pattern.
Make your pattern as much as possible out of one HAIRline. I was a lazy pattern drawer so I had several layers of lines on-top of each-other and that doesn't make things easier.
I had prepared my pattern in Illustrator, but the laser-cutter at Protospace only reads CorelDraw files, so I had to convert the file, that is re-open the file in CorelDraw. That messes up the file, so I had to re color-code all my lines as intended for either cutting or etching. and as I had not made my drawing with one line but numerous overlayed lines, I had to catch them all and turn them into the right color.
If you can do this step smartly it can really save you a lot of time.
 
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NTT6 months ago
Really nice! I reckon my mum would dig this. One question though, what colours result in what cut?
NTT NTT6 months ago
I mean in Coreldraw.
ChrysN1 year ago
Gorgeous!
knitbitch (author)  ChrysN1 year ago
thank you!
So cool! I have been wanting to make one of these, but still haven't come up with a design. I love the lace look you went with :D
knitbitch (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
thank you, looking forward to seeing yours then :-)
Pointy1 year ago
Nice, you inspired me! I should put a bed up beside the lasercutter..so much to do, so much to do!

On a side note it should be mentioned that lasercut plexiglass is prone to breaking! So when designing, try to avoid making a lot of small lines.
knitbitch (author)  Pointy1 year ago
yes good point :-) I was suffering a bit from that, particularly in my first version which I had made somewhat smaller.