"Inlay" with "colour"

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Project by degoose posted 355 days ago 679 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

To further enhance the laser engraving of my timber signs, I have taken to inlaying with colour…
The process is rather simple…
Before engraving, cover the timber with masking tape… engrave…. leaving a mask of tape around the letters, words etc… then spray with colour of choice… use a rattle can spray enamel…. then peel away the tape leaving colours inlays… the slight bleeding around the inlay can be sanded off… carefully…
This process makes the engraving POP…
The timber I have used in these signs is Wau Beech… this is a timber not normally seen outside of Papua New Guinea but is a very pretty wood and wonderful to work…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#1 posted 355 days ago

Hi Larry! long time no hear… pretty! did you try using enamel “cast” (dripping enamel onto it and letting it level)? do it will really pop out? also you can try waxing before putting the tape on to stop the bleeding. just an idea – have no idea if it will work…

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#2 posted 355 days ago

These look Smart and Clean to me my Friend, particularly the Black ones…
If you have any darker woods, Gold paint works well too…
Very Well Done!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#3 posted 355 days ago

Wow that is a great idea Larry…Your signs seem to becoming more in demand…excellent.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#4 posted 355 days ago

These look great Larry!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 355 days ago

Looking good!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#6 posted 355 days ago

Lookin gr8 Larry.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#7 posted 355 days ago

You are always thinking outside the box. It looks like the skies the limit. Have fun with your new toy.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#8 posted 355 days ago

really good work here larry, the laser has many ways to function and this widens the possibilities for you to use it

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 355 days ago

love them

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#10 posted 352 days ago

All your signs are looking good, very well made and clean. They are fun and interesting to see.

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