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Creating Engraved Wood Pins on the Glowforge From Illustrator

I've really wanted to show you how you can create engraved wood pins on the Glowforge from Illustrator. And, I am proud to say I finally filmed it all and have it ready! WOOT!

Creating Engraved Wood Pins on the Glowforge From Illustrator

I’ve really wanted to show you how you can create engraved wood pins on the Glowforge from Illustrator. And, I am proud to say I finally filmed it all and have it ready! WOOT!

What is a Glowforge?

If you aren’t sure what a Glowforge is, be sure to check out this post where I unbox it and show you what it is and what it does.

I’ve been using my Glowforge for a while now and I love it! We use it at A + L Monogram to create custom personalized monogram keychains. I also use it to make wooden lapel pins.

Watch Me Work in Adobe Illustrator and Get My Files Ready

So, in this video I wanted to walk you through my steps of how I take my artwork into Adobe Illustrator and get it ready to use on the Glowforge.

If you didn’t watch my videos on how I go from Procreate to Illustrator you can watch those here, here and here. It’s three parts as I show you my vector drawing process.

Tips for Making Wood Pins on the Glowforge

  • Make sure that your strokes are ALWAYS expanded into fills.
  • You want different colors for the cut and for the engraving.
  • Test using Draftboard! It’s cheaper.
  • Save your file as an SVG file in Illustrator (I don’t change any settings).
  • Pin Backs I purchased*

How to Save on the Glowforge

If you want to purchase your own Glowforge, I have a deal for you! I tell you more about the Glowforge in this post if you need more details about it.

If you want to purchase a Glowforge you can save money with my link. I get the same amount as your referral discount when you purchase through my link as a way for Glowforge to thank me for telling you about it. Click here to purchase*. You can save $500 off a Pro, $250 off a Plus, or $100 off a Basic.

So what do you think? Panda Bones is actually going to be an enamel pin coming to my Etsy shop but he made a great demo for this project. Shop my Etsy products like pins, stickers and prints.

Affiliate Links Disclosure

This post may contain affiliate links noted with an asterisk*, which means that if you click on one of the product links I've included, I’ll receive a small percentage of the sale should you purchase it. But, please do not fret! I don't post links to products that I have not personally tried or felt are worth sharing. In fact, I love these products so much that I have to share them with you. It would be silly not to take advantage of affiliate programs, right?
Holly McCaig

About Holly McCaig

Holly McCaig is a 20 year veteran of the design world. With her mark being made in scrapbooking and photography, Holly now educates eager artists how to do lettering in procreate on the iPad Pro. She resides in Denver, Colorado with her two dogs, Lola and Daisy. Visit Holly: Instagram | Pinterest | Facebook | Shoppe

Holly McCaig is a 20 year veteran of the design world. With her mark being made in scrapbooking and photography, Holly now educates eager artists how to do lettering in procreate on the iPad Pro. She resides in Denver, Colorado with her two dogs, Lola and Daisy.

Visit Holly: Instagram | Pinterest | Facebook | Shoppe

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