Then I saw someone with a rock spiral pendant and I thought perhaps I could do that in wood. Most of this instructable is about how to create the art in Coreldraw. I assume that you know how to laser cut something.
This distinctive spiral pendant is unusual and can be personalized to be the perfect gift.
Made from wood, it has a hole for a string, personalized writing and a pleasing shape. If you want, you can make two at once!
- Wood (I used 1/8" craft plywood that I got at Michaels)
- Epilog Laser Cutter (I used Techshop's laser)
- CorelDraw (also available at Techshop)
I made it at Techshop! http://techshop.ws
Step 1: Make a Spiral
Select the spiral tool (one of the polygon tools, 7th from the top on the left hand side or just press “A”). Click and drag the tool to create a spiral. I think you want it more-or-less circular but maybe your elliptical spiral medallions will be the talk of the town.
Select the spiral and then select the shape tool (2nd tool from the top or F10). Now click on every line segment you don’t want and press delete. I trimmed it down to be only 2 turns (with a bit of overlap to make 3) but you can make more or fewer. You can also grab the little handles with the tool and drag the segments in various directions but that’s not what we’re doing today.
Change the size to about 2” (or maybe a bit smaller) either by selecting it and dragging the corner in or out until it’s 2” or by editing the size box (it’s just above the ruler – the box all the way to the right is position, the one to it’s left is size).
Change the line width by pressing F12 and selecting “20 pt”. Obviously you can try other values – more and the spirals will be wider, less and the spirals will be narrower. 20 Pt is about the place where the black parts and white parts are even.
In that same dialog box, select the middle end caps (the one that’s rounded).
Step 2: Turn It Into a Bitmap
Step 3: Do Outline Trace
Step 4: Make It an Outline
Step 5: Add Text
Select the text and then click on Text->fit text to path. Then move the cursor over the spiral and it will move the text into the spiral. It takes a bit of careful positioning to get it where you want it. Moving it single pixel can radically change the result. If you aren’t getting what you want, try zooming in closer and trying again.
Step 6: Add a Hole
Step 7: Make a Second One
Use the straight-line connector tool to connect the end of your original spiral to the next inner spiral. Again, make sure it’s a hairline width line.
If you want to use this as a pendant, add a hole