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Try This: Wood Sign Engraved with Laser Foil

Elena Iogha is a graphic designer at the Gravotech Group. For questions, you may contact webmaster@us.gravotech.com.

Thanks to a variety of laser foil colors available for engravers, adding multiple metallic accents is easy. In this tutorial, we combine two different colors of laser foil with traditional laser engraving to achieve a unique look on a wooden slab.

Mix and match your own choice of colors and create stunning gifts or décor for upcoming holidays. Just follow the steps below…

Materials Needed:

  • Laser engraver (Used here: LS100 CO2 laser)
  • Wood slab
  • Laser foil (Used here: brushed gold and blue)

Settings:

  • Vector
  • 60 speed
  • 20% power
  • Wood settings:
    400 DPI, 100 power, 80 speed

Note: Settings may vary depending on your machine and type of wood being used.

Step One: Prepare foil

Since the direct engraving area overlaps with our laser foil area for this particular artwork, we started with lasering the foil first. 

Start by cleaning the surface of the wood prior to application in order to avoid any debris trapped underneath the foil. Then, apply the laser foil to the desired area on the wood. Application is fast and easy – just peel off the protective liner on the back to expose the adhesive and apply directly to the engraving surface. 

Try to get the foil as flat as possible. Although you are removing most of the material after engraving, any wrinkles or kinks may be noticeable in the finished product.

laser foil

Step Two: Engrave foil

If you are experienced in CorelDRAW or another graphics software, you can choose to make your own design. The design used in this example was purchased from www.vectorstock.com. All you have to do is pick your favorite design, download, and open the file in your design software.

Send your artwork to the laser using the settings above.

laser foil

Step Three: Peel and clean

Remove excess foil and clean any residue left over from the laser.

laser foil

Step Four: Engrave wood

Depending on your design, you may not need to pause your engraving to the remove excess laser foil. However, if “foil areas” of your design are close to other elements, I recommend removing any remaining material to avoid potential overlap.

If you choose to go this route, resume engraving and finish the project.

laser foil

—Elena Iogha, Gravotech