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Making a Jig for your Decorative Acrylic Key Chains

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This is a continuation of "Acrylic Key Chains" .  The acrylic key chains have been a hit but I have more people asking for them to be personalized so that they can be a one of a kind gift or memento. 

Needed:
Hobby wood.  small amount
Wood glue. small amount
Laser Cutter.

TechShop's Laser Cutting and Etching SBU is required. 

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Step 1: Cut out jig

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Use the same template for cutting out the key chain shapes as you used for the actual key chains.  

Unless you want to etch a significant amount at a time I would suggest just making a small jig. 

Cut out a piece with the holes in it and glue it to a solid piece.  This will hold the key chain firmly so its doesn't shift and it will protect the other side.

Step 2: Set up etching

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Now you can use the CorelDraw file you have for the key chains.  Make sure to save it as something else. 

Practice with the fonts and the sizing till you get the look you desire. 

Place the keys chains in the jig.

Step 3: Etch

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Place the jig with the key chains in it, into the laser and etch away. 

Your finished result will be a great one of a kind memento or gift....

ENJOY!!!!