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Christmas Challenge

Mr. Sader gave us a whole pile of different kinds of material, mainly wood, to make a few projects out of. Because it’s getting close to the Christmas season, a few of my projects are going to be Christmas themed.

Our given materials are shown below;


Project One – Layered Christmas Ornament

Step One: For this project, I used both of the 4 x 4 plates of wood to help achieve the layered look. One plate includes my name, the word ‘Christmas,’ and the current year. Please see refrence image below;


Step Two: Using Adobe Illistrator, I uploaded the snowflake image. We created new cutlines where required, and smoothed out the circles that are part of the snowflake design. We adjusted the Paths setting to 86% and Corners setting to 87%.

Step Three: We created another file, and added a plain circle to the blank canvas. Inside of my circle, I arranged my name, the word ‘Christmas,’ and the year all to my preferred font and font size.

Step Four: We combined our first file and design, the snowflake, with our second file and design, our print and circle outline, so the Glowforge could print both at the same time but in seperate steps when instructed.

Step Five: Alligned our two 4 x 4 plates of wood in the Glowforge and Mr. Sader uploaded my design onto the Glowforge app on his end.

Step 6: The finished project!


Project Two – Layered Christmas Card

Step One: I was able to find an already designed example of a layered Christmas card on the Glowforge catalogue that required two pieces of differenlthy coloured card stock paper. Please see refrence image below;


Step Two: I arranged two pieces of card stock paper, with magnets placed in various spots to prevent the cut out pieces of paper from flying everywhere.

Step Three: Alligned the design onto each piece of paper on Mr. Saders end, using the Glowforge app.

Step Four: Print….and complete!


Project Three – Family Tree

Step One: Using our heart – shaped wood plate, I created my family tree. Please see refrence image below;


Step Two: We made some alterations to the darkness of the tree, so when the names were lasered onto the wood, they’d appear lighter. We changed the first Glowforge setting to just above 750, and the second setting to just below 60, and printed.

Step Three: For the names, we changed the first setting to just below 1000, and the second a bit under 100, and printed the names overtop of the already completed tree. We placed the names over their own branch, having my parents names closer to the middle and my sister and I on the outside. To prevent any darker scoring that may result from the names, we decided to place a layer of painters tape on the surface of the heart.

Step Four: Just for the heck of it, we made the choice to print the exact same design on the opposite of the heart. I wanted it to be an ornament to place on the Christmas tree, so we added a circular engraving to slip a string threw. We taped the other side after completeing the tree design and proceeded to print the names.

Step Five: Remove the tape, tie your chosen string, and done!


Project Four – Laser Engraved Pencil

Step One: Find a quote or saying that you would like to print onto your pencil. I decided on “Dear Santa, it’s a long story…”

Step Two: Arrange the pencil in the Glowforge. To keep the pencil in place, we placed each into their own individual pencil holder to help keep the laser printing in place.

Step Three: Using the Glowforge app, we adjusted the text far enough from the metal wrap so it wouldn’t catch and engrave it instead. We changed the power to 60, and the material thickness to 7.4mm.

Step Four: Print, and complete!


Project Five – Laser Engraved NametagĀ 

Step One: Using a 4 x 4 plate of wood, I created my own personnel nametag. Please see refrence image below;

Step Two: Add a fair size sqaure/rectangle onto your blank canvas. Using guides, bring in the corners to shape the base.

Step Three: Inside of the outline, I typed my name with the chosen font. I made the font white, so when it printed it just scored on the outside, outlining each letter. The rest of the tag I made grey to instruct the glowforge to score all of the grey. I allgined the font in the centre of the tag and added a cut hole to loop a string through later.

Step Four: Just for simplicity sake and to be orgnized, I rearranged my layers to show the cutting first, and the scoring second.

Step Five: Place material in the Glowforge and upload the file onto the app. Adujst the first Glowforge setting to just above 750 (green line), and the second setting to in the middle of 80 and 100 (purple line).

Step Six: Arrange the print on the material. As a result of the tag being a fairly small size, we were able to fit three differently sized nametags on the single plate of wood.

Step Seven: Print, and complete! Your very own, personalized nametag.











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