Can You Etch It – American Flag

Welcome to Can You Etch It, the web’s first laser engraving series that specializes in laser engraving strange, unique, and even common items. Today I’ll create a couple of American Flags.

Independence Day has come and gone.  On that day, everywhere you looked, there would be an American Flag.  I decided to take this chance and create a few of my own.

The designs I have chosen is the standard, rectangle shape and a round one of my own creation.  The dimensions and layout for the rectangle shape can be found at USFlag.org.  These dimensions are more like proportions than exact dimensions since the flag can really be any size so long as the proportions are correct.  With a little bit of work, the rectangle flag came together nicely.

The round flag was a little more difficult but the result was worth the effort.  The design is approximately 4 inches across.  The stars are the same size as on the rectangle flag but the stripes were sized to fit within the circle.

Both designs were created with red, white, and blue solid color card stock but could have been created using red and blue card stock with white cores.  That will be something to try for next time

Why laser cut American Flags?

After last week’s episode, I wanted to try another project with card stock and creating a couple of American Flags was just the opportunity I needed.  Having never really thought about the American Flag much, this project allowed me to get into the intricate details of the layout, dimensions, and size of this icon.

Here is the video showing each layer being engraved.  At the end of the video you can see all the pieces and the final results.  For more pictures, check out the end of the post.

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Can You Etch It Roundup

For those of you who are keeping score, the list is as follows: a gift card holder, plastic labelsSouth Dakota frig magnet, a few failed light switch plates, a taco shell, Mount Rushmore coasters, house numbers, a cutting board6 social media iconsa mirror, a hand-drawn robot design, a CD jewel casea pair of drum sticksa luggage tag, a fishing reel, a couple of impact sockets, a drinking glassa little industrial labelinga baseballa Frappuccino bottle, a tennis ball, 12 Scrabble tiles, a custom ink stamp, Thank You cards, M&M’s, a slice of bread, a clothes pin, a cinnamon stick, a sweet potato, a walnut, and a toothpick. Let me know if you have any suggestions for future installments.

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Have a great weekend.

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