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    RAGII
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    Jeffeb3
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    That is some great work. I really like that silent night inlay. Very good details.

    Those mirrors have the back carved out, and then you added a light panel behind somehow?

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    mulze32
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    Those are all awesome! Do you mind sharing some details on the mirrors especially?

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    RAGII
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    Mirrors are engraved with a laser (https://www.v1engineering.com/the-2-8-watt-100-laser/) explained here (https://www.v1engineering.com/laser-engraving-mirrors/).  I used PicEngrave software to speed up the engraving.  The mirrors are 10″ x 10″ and it still took 4-1/2 to 5 hours to engrave each mirror.  I created a “shadow box” , used a router to create a grove, and put an adhesive LED strip in the top and bottom groove.  Lastly I paint a backer board white (I use a high gloss paint) to help reflect the color back to the mirror.

    The LED strips are colored LED’s, I have experimented with painting the engraving and using a white LED’s, but I have liked the look of the colored LED’s for the ones in the photos better.

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    mulze32
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    Cool! Thank you very much! I take it you are from Wisconsin then?

    #75990

    RAGII
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    Cool! Thank you very much! I take it you are from Wisconsin then?

    What gave it away?  😀

     

    #76404

    Heath
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    Are you into drone racing too, or just made those for a client?

     

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    mulze32
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    Cool! Thank you very much! I take it you are from Wisconsin then?

    All of the snow and holiday themed cuttings. Sconnie resident here too. Keep up the great work!

    #77421

    RAGII
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    Are you into drone racing too, or just made those for a client?

    Just started to get into the racing this year.  Made the trophies for our local club, the lexan engraving was just for fun.

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    Jason
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    Nice work this is the closest thing I have seen to what I have been doing for the last 3 years.

    I use custom designed frames made from 4mm alpolic which is a aluminum plastic composite material. Basically the exact same process… LEDS strips bright white backing.

    Also made some custom 3d printed bases for table top signs.

     

     

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    RAGII
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    Jason,

    Your posts were the inspiration for me getting a laser and trying this out.  Also, for investing in PicEngrave Pro software.  Next up I am going to try doing some photo engraving on the mirror.  Waiting until after the holidays when I will have some more time.

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    Heath
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    I picked up some mirrors this weekend to play with and ran a test job last night. I set up 6 small squares of 30mm x 30mm with a single line outline and a filled rectangle (20mm x 15mm) inside the square, burned them at 100% power (with a 3.5w laser) at speeds of 10-, 30-, 50-, 60-, 80-, and 100 mm/s.

    Results weren’t perfect, but encouraging. The back side of the mirror is a very dark gray material. The single line outline only burned all the way through and was visible from the front of the mirror at the 10mm/s speed, but the sold rectangles burned through at all speeds. The faster speeds left behind a “smokey” look (I guess leaving some of the gray material behind), and I could see clear ringing from the high speed, high acceleration, fast and short moves. The low speeds actually etched the glass. It has a very textured “frosted” type of look from the front and I can feel the deep pits and etching in the glass on the back. So more experimentation with power and speed is needed. I may just go ahead and do a full 10 x 10 grid. But I’m also thinking that if I want to make these, it may be more efficient to cut a mask out of vinyl and use the sandblaster.

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