Princess Belle Coaster - xTool Projects
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My new manager loves everything Disney and just recently went on a Disney cruise.  When she got back to work she had quite a heavy workload with a lot of new staff in store so I thought I would make her a coaster of something she loves and asked her which her favourite Disney charactre was (I didn't let her know what I was doing and she won't get to see this until Monday).  I have found her to be a very good manager and extremely helpful so why not make a special gift for her knowing she will use it.
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Basic Information
Software
xTool Creative Space
Machine
D1 Pro
Laser Module Output Power
20W
Material Used
Red Oak Plywood 7mm
Material Info
Red Oak plywood purchased from bunnings, Tiger glue, pre made cork coaster bottoms, metallic gold paint, 2:1 Resin, Mica powder from Health of mind art.
Making Time(mins)
15
Step1: Designing the wavy circle
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I opened up photoshop so that I could do something a little different as I wanted a wavy circle.  I selected the create polygon tool and created a circle which was 900 x 900 pixels with 25 sides with a corner radius of 95 pixels with 95% star ratio and chose to smooth indents.

I saved my wavy circle as a png file and imported it into creative space.  Once I had done this I selected trace and then deleted the circle image.

Step2: Adding images & grayscale
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I imported all of my images and changed them to grayscale then Jarvis, I wanted to keep the images fairly light for the engraving so that they looked nicer when the engraved product was finished.  

For the font I chose the Chilly Christmas which I got from Creative Fabrica, it's a nice font with a little love heart which I feel was befitting of Princess Belle as she was a character of the Beauty and the beast.

I outlined the images and the font so that the engravings could sit on the cut outlines.  Once everything was positioned I combined all the cut outlines and then sat the images on top of them.

Step3: Cutting & Engraving
Setting 1
Process Method
Vector Laser Engrave
Process Material
Red Oak Plywood 6mm
Power(%) or Cut Pressure(g)
90
Pass
1
Speed(mm/s)
60
Bitmap mode
Jarvis
Other Parameters
Air Assist.
Setting 2
Process Method
Laser Cut
Process Material
Red Oak Plywood 6mm
Power(%) or Cut Pressure(g)
100
Pass
3
Speed(mm/s)
4
Other Parameters
Air Assist

I had originally designed the coaster differently to what I ended up with as the original design didn't work out as planned so this is why I don't have photo's of the process as I forgot to take photo's of when I was cutting and engraving the one I ended up with.

 

Step4: Adding Acrylic coating & gluing
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Once the coaster pieces were finished, I sprayed some acrylic over the wood to prepare it for the resin so that the resin doesn't seep through the wood.  I allowed the acrylic to dry for a few hours and then once dry I glued the cutout part to the base and let it set for around four hours.

Step5: Preparation for resin & adding resin
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When it comes to resin you should always wear ppe eg:  nitrile gloves, mask and sometimes goggles dependent upon the resin you are using.  I also add masking tape to the bottom of the coaster to protect it from getting any resin on the bottom.

I put a silicone mat on my bench to protect the bench from getting resin on there also. If you haven't worked with resin before, it gets very messy.

I mixed equal parts of A & B together and once combined properly I added a pink mica powder and then some white mica powder so that I could get it to the colour I was looking for.  I had a pipette ready for the intricate areas of the coaster.

Once I had poured the resin into the coaster I pulled up the amount of resin I needed into the pipette so that I could place it where I needed it I then left it covered for one hour.

Once the hour was up, I wanted to add some little stars whilst the resin was sticky.

When I had finished adding the stars I covered the coaster for 24 hours so that the resin could set.

Step6: Final Steps
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The next day, I decided I wanted to add some paint to the sides to pretty it up a bit more.

When the paint had dried I then added a top coat of clear resin to finish it off. and allowed that another 24 hours to dry.

I then took the masking tape off and painted glue to the bottom of the coaster and added the cork.

One Tip also when working with resin; to get the bubbles out you can either use heat guns or blue flames but in this case I chose to spray rubbing alcohol instead, considering I was working with wood.

I hope you enjoy making this for a Disney fan in you family.

Design Files
SM63PrincessBelleCoaster.xcs
ValentineWeTime
Valentines Day
wood Coaster
Resin
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