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Christmas designs with my laser cutter

Now that I’ve finished my MSc (still waiting for the results) I am finally able to get going with all of my crafts again. This week I have mostly been testing out my laser cutter, and trying to create laser-cut designs for cards.

So far I’ve made a pop-up sleigh, aeroplane, butterfly, present, and moving-house designs (pics to follow).

But my fave so far is the filigree Christmas tree, cut from ‘mirri card’ (which is shiny silver on one side):

laser-cut filigree Christmas trees

laser-cut filigree Christmas trees

I think I’m going to put some on ebay. Shame I can’t put them on etsy, as they aren’t handmade. Even though it took me days to design and tweak them. In fact, I was working on them for so long that I got a bit sick of them – but then when I showed one to my friend Joy, she put it against a dark blue background and it instantly looked lovely.

Here are some more pics:

filigree Christmas tree

filigree Christmas tree

laser cut filigree Christmas trees in bag

laser cut filigree Christmas trees in bag

Laser-cut Christmas tree card topper

Laser-cut Christmas tree card toppers

  1. January 8, 2012 at 21:28

    Kay, are you cutting paper with your laser or is that something else? What type of laser do you have. I take it you’re not a “Cricut” kind of person? lol
    I’m interested in finding out what kind of stuff you make with it, as I’ve heard paper burns on a laser, unless it’s high powered….as in, expensive. lol

    • January 29, 2012 at 12:20

      Hi Elizabeth – sorry, I’ve only just seen your message. Yes, I’m cutting paper with the laser (an “Epilog” model). It was expensive – they all are – but it’s fairly low-powered (45Watts, I think).

      Paper, wood, card and natural fabric do all scorch a bit round the edges. On wood I think it often looks quite appealing (after all, pyrography is a whole craft in itself!), but on paper the trick is to experiment with the laser cutter’s power settings, to get as little scorching as possible. I don’t think there’s a way to completely avoid it. Even the items you can buy in shops have that telltale marking around the edge – e.g. I’ve seen cupcake holders in my local supermarket, and miniature doilies in a craft shop, and they both have light brown edges.

      Even if/when lasers become cheaper to buy, there will definitely still be a place in the craft world for punches and die-cutting and robo-cutting machines, because of the need to find the right tool for the right job. If you need to make wedding stationery with white paper objects on a white paper background, then a laser cutter might not be the right tool. But if you need to make complex swirly filigree Christmas tree toppers, then I think it definitely IS the right tool!

  2. December 2, 2011 at 11:32

    Wow – that is great news! Thank you so much for taking the time to tell me – I would probably never have found out otherwise!

    I agree it’s a shame that Etsy is no longer “pure”, but I am now going to try to take advantage of it (mwahahahaha (evil laugh))

  3. November 22, 2011 at 18:04

    You CAN put them on Etsy. Etsy is no longer a “homemade” selling website.
    I was disappointed when I went to put some of my makeup (yes, we manufacturer it ourselves) on Etsy, only to find that several people were selling “bought” makeup for less than I could make it.
    So, I wrote a question to the Etsy CSR’s and was told that they wanted it to be only handmade items, but “unfortunately….blah, blah, blah”. Basically, we, the crafters were sold out. They decided to join the ranks and let sellers sell whatever they wanted to.
    It’s always a money thing.

    So there you have it! Go sell to your heart’s content. :)

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