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« on: February 19, 2009 10:59:38 AM »

 I thought I would try a few Alder wood plaques on the laser. If you have seen any of my other posts, then you know I usually don't do anything larger than a pen box. This plaque is 7"x9"
 These are the Crests for my family and my wife's family names. I added a scroll below with our first names and the year we were married. (...and yes, I am probably a bit older than most of you, but I never let a little thing like that stop me)
 The photo makes the strips of wood appear to be very different color and tone. The real thing doesn't show as much variation.
 I have an Epilog Laser that I use for my engraving. All of the art work is done with CorelDraw X3

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« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2009 11:06:47 AM »

wow, this is absolutely amazing!  I need one... not that I want one with you and your wife's names, lol, but one with me and my husbands would be amazing!  I love the details you put into it, I'm sure there are so many more than the photo can afford.  Anyway, this truly "rocks"...
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« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2009 11:42:10 AM »

That is something special and amazing and awesome and..... holy crap wow. This, totally, rocks! The lines are clean and sharp, the font is amazing, the details are great..... I can go on and on!
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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2009 01:19:21 PM »

I really love it! I'm the only young crafty person in my extended family (I'm seventeen and the youngest), and I always wished we had a family craft that I could make gifts for everyone durring christmas time. This is really beautiful, and is romantic to me. I'd rather get something like this than chocolates or flowers!
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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2009 03:50:33 PM »

This lovely! And I'm glad you're not letting a little age stop you. This gives me ideas Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2009 05:37:22 PM »

how beautiful and special.
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« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2009 06:40:10 PM »

Beautiful!  Did you do research on what the crests are, or did you already know?
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« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2009 08:48:18 AM »

That is absolutely gorgeous! Such a neat personal and meaningful gift.
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« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2009 11:57:33 AM »

Thanks everyone,

 Both families have had Family Crests hanging in their homes for as long as I can remember, so no further research was really needed. That always makes it easier.
 The laser is remarkable, but it can only reproduce what you give it, so the real work takes place on the computer with CorelDraw. You've heard the old computer term garbage in garbage out. The same applies here. Everything is done in shades of gray. The darker the shade, the deeper the engraving, so you find yourself thinking that way as you work. It becomes second nature after a while, but I do have a pretty high pile of practice pieces.
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