Introduction: Valentines Rings - Laser Cut for Free
Design your own custom acrylic ring for Valentine's day in Inkscape and have it laser cut and delivered for free.
I used Inkscape, because it is free, but you can use any vector graphics program.
The design takes only a couple of minutes, even if you have never used Inkscape before.
Step 1: Open Inkscape
Step 2: Re-size Page
Re-size page to 3"x1" which is the free size.
(Shift + Ctrl + D)
Step 3: Find Ring Size
Go to www.wikipedia.org and find a ring size chart.
Step 4: Find Ring Size
Copy the diameter of the desired ring size.
Step 5: Draw the Inside of the Ring
Using the Circle Tool or (F5), click and drag on the page to create a circle, while holding Shift and Ctrl. Shift makes the circle centered around the point where you started. Ctrl makes its height the same as its width.
Step 6: Change to Desired Size
Select the circle and paste the diameter you got from Wikipedia, in the width or height box while having the little lock in between closed (that keeps the aspect ratio the same).
Step 7: Draw the Outside Part of the Ring
Select the circle and go to Path->Linked Offset (Or just type Ctrl+Alt+J).
Step 8: Created Outer Parameter
Then while holding Shift and Ctrl pull one of the diagonal arrows to created the outside parameter of the ring.
Step 9: Find a Diamond Cut
Do a Google image search for diamond cut and save the design you like.
Step 10: Add It to Your Design
Drag and drop the saved image into your design and re-size it.
Step 11: Select the Bezier Tool
Select the Bezier tool from the left menu, or type Shit + F6
Step 12: Trace the Outside
First trace the outside, making sure that you close the line where you started, to created a shape. You can change the color to red now or later. Red is the color that is cut. To change the color, select the object, then go to Object->Fill and Stroke... or just type Shift+Ctrl+F.
Step 13: Reduce Line Size
The laser cuts or etches only lines that are 0.300pt (0.00416in) and below. So to reduce the size select the object go to Object->Fill and Stroke... or just type Shift+Ctrl+F. In the fill and stroke window click on stroke style tab and then change the width to 0.004in.
Step 14: Finish Tracing the Diamond
Finish tracing the diamond with the Bezier tool. Here you can change the color to Black of Blue for etch or you can do it later. The same about the line size.
Step 15: Place Diamond on the Ring
Select the whole diamond and drag it on top of the ring where you want it to be.
Step 16: Combine Diamond and Ring
Select the Diamond Outline only and the outer circle of the ring and go to Path->Union ot just type Ctrl++ (Ctrl+Shift+=)..
Step 17: Change Diamond Color
Change the color of the diamond to Black or Blue so the laser know to etch it and not cut it (Shift + Ctrl + F).
Step 18: Add Some Text
Type some text (F8) then select the text and the path you want it to follow. Then go to Text->Put on Path. You might want to flip the text first, depending on what orientation you want.
Step 19: Fill Up the Whole Page
Copy and past the ring as many times you can to get the most out of your free 3 by 1 inches.
Step 20: Upload Desing to CutYourWay.com
Go to Outfab.com and upload your design with your info.
Step 21: Receive Your Ring
Wait for your rings to come in the mail.