Daffodil Coasters - xTool Projects
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Spring to me means daffodils and the start of iced tea season.  So, to combine the two and celebrate spring, here are daffodil coasters. Used to keep the iced tea from marking sensitive surfaces.
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Basic Information
Software
xTool Creative Space
Machine
M1
Laser Module Output Power
10W
Material Used
Basswood Plywood
Material Info
optional materials borax powder:20 Mule Team brand ($6.58 at Home Depot, $5.97 at Menards) Krylon clear coat Colored permanent markers small rubber feet the artwork taken from Adobe Commons with standard liiscense
Making Time(mins)
95
Step1: Prepare Plywood (optional)
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I wanted to accentuate the heavy black lines in the artwork, so I pretreated the plywood with a one part borax to ten parts water solution.  If you want more subtle lines skip this step.

Mix the borax into hot water until dissolved.

Paint the plywood with the solution trying for an even cover.  It should have a wet sheen but not be dripping.  The lower portion of the wood in the photo shows how the wood should look.  A surface sheen but not dripping.

As soon as wood is surface dry, flip over and weigh down.

Let sit overnight.

 

Step2: Etch and cut coasters
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Setting 1
Process Method
Bitmap Laser Engrave
Process Material
Basswood Plywood
Power(%) or Cut Pressure(g)
70
Pass
1
Speed(mm/s)
175
Setting 2
Process Method
Laser Cut
Process Material
Basswood Plywood
Power(%) or Cut Pressure(g)
100
Pass
2
Speed(mm/s)
4

Download the file and process.  Layer 2 is to be cut.  Layer 1 is to be engraved.

Step3: Clear coat
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If you used the borax solution, spray a layer of clear coat on the coasters immediately so they do not smudge.  Be sure to do this outside so the fumes don't kill you.

Step4: Finish/Decorate
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You can finish the coasters any way you want.

I used Sharpie fine point and Arteza acryllicncolored markers to “paint” the coasters.  This was followed by two more layers of clear coat.

Step5: Add Feet (optional)
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If desired, affix little rubber feet to the bottom.

Design Files
daffodilcoasters.xcs
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