I recently got a 50-watt laser from OMTech. Of course, I was and still am super excited about this laser. And if you have been around a while then you know I like to get to it! The first thing I wanted to do is make engraved custom pencils.
Why? Because everyone loves personalized or custom engraved pencil sets. They make great birthday gifts, or for special occasions, and teacher gifts.
They just overall make great gifts for any special occasion or for special events! You can also make them promotional pencils for your small business, and add your business name or company logo to these engraved pencils.
In this video, I show you how to make a reusable jig. This jig is a pencil holder for your pencils while your laser engraves it. The pencil jig will hold the pencils in place while they are being engraved so that they don’t move around in the laser bed.
They make the perfect pencils for party favors, promotional products, wooden pencils are also some crafter’s best sellers! There are lots of things you can add as a special message. And another great thing is the variety of colors available.
I made some for my elementary school babies and they thought that these were the best thing they have ever seen. They already think I am a superhero but this kind of set it in stone.
The first step is to measure your pencil, then open light burn on your computer, make and resize a square/rectangle to fit the size of the material you are using. I used a scrap piece of wood so I sized it to fit that.
Now make a second square and resize that. The measurements I used were 177.8mmx7mm, the pencils sat in without falling through. You may want to measure to make sure of your pencil size.
And optionally you can add a spacer to mark where the eraser is on your pencil.
Select your second rectangle (and spacer if you made 1) and then click on the array tool to fill the sheet with as many as you can and click ok.
Now select the second rectangle again and all of its copies and then align them how you want to.
Grab a circle, make it small enough to fit in a corner. And make sure that it is perfectly round.
Get the line tool and make a cross over the circle. Grab them both and align them to the center. Duplicate and add each set to the opposite corners of your material.
Sit your material into the machine. Then in lightburn grab the outer frame of your objects and click on the frame button, just to make sure you have enough room Repeat this step until you have the correct position.
Now it's time to cut. Each laser and material is different, so use the settings that work with yours. But here are mine anyway. I used 20/25 for the cut and 200/20 for the score. While it is cutting, turn everything on your screen to a tool layer and save your jig as something you can remember. For future cutting.
Once your jig is all cut out, remove all of the voided pieces and now we can engrave. You can type out what you want on the pencils and engrave your first pencil if you haven't moved it. The next set of instructions is for when you are ready to make more.
With your new jig in the same place on both your screen and in your cutter bed, in light burn select and move the laser to your first registration mark.
Now go back and adjust so the jig sits right in the middle of that registration point.
Back in lightburn click tools > print and cut > set as the first target position.
Repeat for the second registration point, being careful not to move the first. Then save as second target position.
Now add your pencils and engrave as usual.
Ues Mr. Clean Magic Eraser To Clean Off The Soot From The Laser.