We got a blast of cold weather today in Canada and it really put me in the mood to make some Christmas Ornaments!
This year, I am making it my mission to make as many ornaments as I can and I am so happy that I got the Thunder Laser Nova 24. This incredible machine has really helped me step up my game and keep me out of the home decor stores!
Today, I am going to share with you an adorable pet ornament made with the Nova 24. I know there are a lot of beginners out there struggling with their laser machines but fret not — this tutorial is so easy and will get you started on engraving photos so you can make your own Christmas Ornaments this year!
Let’s dive right in!
First thing you want to do is upload your photo to LightBurn. I find it’s best to use photos where the background is removed.
I use PicMonkey to remove the background from my photos.
Once you upload the photo, simply right click on it and select “Adjust Image”
Once you are in the Adjustment window, you will want to ensure you have the following settings:
DPI: 288.6 (DPI is Dots per inch — this a setting that I have found works nicely)
Enhance Radius: 25
Enhance Amount: 100
You can also move the brightness up to like 7, if you find you have a lot of dots around the image itself. This will help remove some of them and cut down on time to engrave but if you have removed the background of the image this shouldn’t be a problem.
Once you have made the necessary adjustment to the image you can select your engraving speed and power. I recommend 200 speed and 30 power.
To make this ornament something really special, I added a bone cut out with my pet’s name on it. Once the laser had done it’s job, I just glued them together.
If you have any laser burn on your project, use a little bit of 100 grit sandpaper and a light sanding to remove.
For the hanger for the ornament, I sandwiched in between the ornament and the bone a piece of lace ribbon.
And that’s it! These are going to make perfect gifts for all my family members with pets and I can’t wait to make more of these!
If you want to see this ornament in action, check out my latest YouTube video!