OUIJA and Heart Etched Pendants




Introduction: OUIJA and Heart Etched Pendants

About: I work for a charity most of the time but when i,m not i am a wood tuner, former teacher, artist and prop maker, developer and researcher residing in the UK. I cannot think of anything better than the excite...

For my birthday one of my presents was a small NEJI lazier engraver from GearBest (http://www.gearbest.com/3d-printers-3d-print…/pp_343187.html) . Despite being a little tool and in comparison to the big tools used in fabrication laboratories this little engraver is incredibly easy to use and seems fairly bullet proof from what I have asked it to do.

Its limited to an image Size of 512x512 pixels, The engraving area is limited to 4cm x 4cm

This happens to be perfect for little projects including jewelry making :)

This is my first project using the new tool and I hope you enjoy it.

Step 1: Design the Etching

I had started to design some flock wallpaper for a pub some time ago before realizing the pub had no intention to pay for the work. This left me with some reference material for designing the heart for my pendent.

I drew a center line and then started to draw half of the heart ready to have its mirror added in Photoshop later.

Step 2: Send to Burn

I used Photoshop to mirror my design and convert my art to back and white in a canvass of 512 x 512 pixles. (I did video this but my computer is under powered and I am currently un able to edit the video to show you how to do this in great detail.

The good thing is you don't need to do this as you can copy the artwork images in this step.

From there I put some wood veneer into the lazier etcher and pressed go.

Step 3: Cutting Out the Veneers

I cut out the veneers in sets of two because I new I would want a front and a back and because I knew this would make it easier to line the two parts up in a later step.

Step 4: Glue and Press

I used wood glue to glue the etched veneers to some MDF board then used greece proof paper and another board under a chair leg to to apply even pressure without the risk of the two boards sticking together.

Step 5: Cutting Out

I started using a coping saw to cut out my pendant shapes before changing to the fret saw. These two saws are very capable though I would encourage thinking about health and safety in all steps but definatly from here on.

Fun fact I have only hurt myself with 3 tools in my workshop and the coping saw was one. I was 7 years old at the time but it still hurt and I would recommend avoiding this if possible.

Step 6: Make a Hole

This step could easily be avoided if you have a pillar drill, I am aware not everyone has the expensive tools and I like to experiment with alternative ways of achieving.

My alternative method of making a hole is to cut a line on each side of the hole you want to make and then carve and file until you create a channel.

Step 7: Glue It Up

I glued each side of the pendent and clamped them together using stick proof paper takeing care not to glue in the carved channel.

Step 8: Sand Finish and Thread

I used sandpaper to refine the shape before using sanding seal and melamine finish.
Once the finish was cured I threaded cord through my pendents and gave them to friends.

I hope you have enjoyed this instructable.

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    Dangit, this is such a rad necklace and tutorial, but it had 666 views but i accidentally ruined it noooo


    1 year ago

    Loved your mini OUIJA board :D

    Perhaps for slightly lesser cost (and quality!) I guess we can even transfer the print on the wood using thermal paper. Cant wait to try this out!

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    Its a great idea. I have experienced the ink beading when I have tried this in the past. But if you have time and skill for freehand work I would recommend a technique called pyrography or as it used to be called in the old days poker work.
    Using a nice pyrography machine at best or a soldering iron at worst you can freehand the design, This also has the added benefit of cutting the fibers of the wood meaning you can use inks without as much worry about the ink bleeding into areas you don't want it to.
    If you give it a go please add an image an let me have a look.
    I was asked on facebook when I posted the image if I could make a bag charm of the board, so don't feel limited to pendents.

    I watched a few vids off YouTube about pyrography. It looks so awesome! Its like burning thin lines into wood. I can see what you mean by "cutting the fibers of the wood". I would like to try your suggestion of using soldering iron. I already have an old soldering iron lying around in attic. I am dying for this weekend to try out your idea! would definitely post an image for you :)
    Thanks again for the great idea!

    Nice one fella.
    I'm sure you will be but stay safe.
    Working with hot tools can hurt so its a good idea to keep your wits about you.


    Thanks for the heads up. Would surely be careful with the soldering irons. I had my 'initiation' burns a while back, and thats how the iron ended up in attic :D

    The real question is, can you contact the spirits with this pendent, like some sorta spirit cell phone? This looks great. I love your attention to detail!

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    The thing is, with this pendent you don't have to contact the spirits, They contact you to ask where you got that super cool necklace :)

    That is really impressive the level of detail that you were able to get. What kind of laser etcher did you use?

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    Hi, Thank you. It was was a small NEJI lazier engraver from GearBest (http://www.gearbest.com/3d-printers-3d-print…/pp_343187.html)
    The 1000mw version.
    it works a little differently than a lot of the lazer engravers being the x and y axis are represented by the lazier diode moving for x and the print bed on the y. I have seen this little engraver hacked to etch on pen blanks (a round part) which makes it a lot more interesting if you are looking to get a lot from a machine that is a lot less expensive than its competitors. The only down sides are its limited print area and the speed it prints. which for me makeing small things as one off's isn't a deal breaker.