Choosing a Stone for Laser-Etched Murals

Eric Johnson is a machinist by trade and has a degree in mechanical drafting and design. He has been employed with Kern Laser Systems the past 18 years building and selling laser equipment. He is currently a sales consultant working with new and custom COapplications.

The best stone material for outdoor use is black granite. The common igneous rock that many countertops and cemeteries use for headstones works well for laser etching murals, too. If you are considering inside use, use a large amount of black marble tiles or even tempered glass works well. The finer the grains and the more solid black, the better.

The color black works well with murals as it creates a beautiful black-and-white image. One of the most common reasons people want to behold art in black and white today is because it lends a certain timeless quality to the images.

—Eric Johnson, Kern Laser