This is an ornament cut from translucent acrylic 1/8" sheet cut according to a design made in Adobe Illustrator. Once you make the file in Illustrator, you can cut as many as you like. You can vary the color, the size, and even stretch or warp the shape. With a laser cut image, the negative space elements are also usable, So for this design I have hundreds of little parts that are scrap and can be re-purposed for jewelry or other ornaments. The size of this actual object varies from 4 inches in diameter to 11 inches, depending on which version I sent to cut.
Step 1: Trace an image with the pen tool in illustrator
There are many ways to create stencils in Illustrator. Here's one method:
Take a simple photo or sketch, import it into illustrator, and trace it with the pen tool.
My shape involved a bunch of mirrored figures, so I traced one side and then copied and pasted and mirrored it.