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Elephantman

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Re: Slate Baby!!!!!
« Reply #150 on: December 13, 2017, 06:04:03 AM »
This forum is becoming expensive.

All the ideas.

I went into spotlight today, and slate coasters were half price, $10 down to $5 for a set of 4.
So after speed reading some of these posts, i launched into my first try with slate, and it's looking good.
2.5w Eleksmana A3 running 700 speed, 100 rapid, and I've just realised i didn't change focus from cutting card, so focus is out. I guess next coaster should have a crisper image.

I notice the talk about polyurethane coating accenting the white, etc.
If i choose not to coat, will the slate deteriorate at all? Dirt or drinks in the white discolouring, etc....



As hobbies goes, i guess this is cheaper than my vintage motorcycle and car hobbies.
1949 Sunbeam S7 Deluxe motorcycle, and 1962 Chrysler Valiant.

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Re: Slate Baby!!!!!
« Reply #151 on: December 13, 2017, 06:35:26 AM »
Very Nice! It will only be expensive until you start selling them  ;)

Without some sort of clear coat, the slate will be susceptible to being scratched. I have one coaster that I have been using for a while now and have yet to put some protection on. I will post a picture when I get back home. I have not been rough with it and have made sure that I do not drag a can or bottle across it, but there are some small stains that should be easy to remove.

Poly just makes it more durable and pops the color a lot better.
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Re: Slate Baby!!!!!
« Reply #152 on: December 13, 2017, 08:15:48 AM »
I do slate, wood, and mirror etchings and getting a crisp image is in slate is usually not possible. I tend to think of slate burning as a series of small explosions where the rock just fractures. Giving the slate a good scrub with a stiff brush can help if there is any scale present.
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Re: Slate Baby!!!!!
« Reply #153 on: December 13, 2017, 08:19:30 PM »
Went to Michaels this afternoon. After multiple store visits when I bought up the entire stock (usually 6 4-packs) the computer finally noticed and they now have a large stock on the shelf. Bought their entire stock of small mirrors.

Went over to AC Moore to get some of the better mirrors. Someone bought the entire stock yesterday!!
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Re: Slate Baby!!!!!
« Reply #154 on: December 15, 2017, 05:23:04 PM »
Well a coat of polyurethane made a HUGE difference in looks.

The recipient of my "$10" secret santa gift was stoked.

I forgot to take a photo of the finished product. :(

But I'm hooked, I went back into Spotlight here in Darwin and no more in stock. It was on special $9.99 down to $4.99 for a set of 4 coasters with rubber feet.

But I've gone on line and ordered 10 sets at that price plus $8.99 postage. I don't know of any other suppliers here in Australia, but that seems cheap enough.

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Re: Slate Baby!!!!!
« Reply #155 on: December 15, 2017, 07:59:54 PM »
Once you start, it is hard to stop on slate. It is an easy medium to work with and people tend to like it.

Your $10 gift was probably more like $15-20 if you put a value of your time on the design and burning. So, don't shortchange yourself on thinking you gave a "cheap" gift. Custom is always better received than something stupid like a gift card to a general store.
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Re: Slate Baby!!!!!
« Reply #156 on: December 16, 2017, 06:01:41 AM »
Oh I knew i was contributing MUCH more than $10, but it was also an experiment that was very successful. As I had used the Hash House Harrier logo, I did not have a very large market, but was happy because I knew he reaction i would get when the recipient viewed it, and it wasn't a bottle opener, or a bottle of wine.

I was concerned i had over done it, but decided "why not", it was a one off.
I had also included a chopping board also with a hash logo.

For me it was an experiment, that when i finished i thought bloody he**, this is closer to $100 in value, but I just determined it was a very successful test, and it also lets people know what I'm capable of, in case they want to request something for purchase.

I'm getting a lot of value form peoples reactions and one day I might  even get some dollar value, but it was bought as a hobby not an income.

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