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A golden anniversary wedding gift
« on: October 31, 2010, 11:29:21 AM »
The attached photos show a golden anniversary gift.  The images were processed from grey scale photos. The greyscale was modified to correct for proper depth of cut (The images look horrible after this process). The processed images were then passed through a raster to Gcode generator (DeskCNC). The Gcode was then passed to my 12" by 8" home brew CNC machine. The carving was done using jewellers wax. The images are double sided.  The carved wax pieces were then cast in 18ct gold using a lost wax process. The surrounding heart was also carved in wax but using convetional 3d CNC cutting. The resulting gold pieces were then assembled and mounted on polished Labradorite, it represents our homeland of Newfoundland. The labradorite is mounted on a block of acrylic to represent an iceberg. The lettering was done on the CNC machine. To make the wax carving I ground my own cutter, it worked surprisingly well.

Mike

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Re: A golden anniversary wedding gift
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2010, 11:51:42 AM »
Excellent work Mike, thanks for sharing.

Did you do the casting yourself ?

Tweakie.
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Re: A golden anniversary wedding gift
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2010, 11:59:38 AM »
Nice and I hope they like the gift.
RICH
Re: A golden anniversary wedding gift
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2010, 01:57:36 PM »
Actually it was my wife and I who celebrated the anniversary...

I did not do the casting myself, I've never worked directly with gold so I left that tothe experts.
Re: A golden anniversary wedding gift
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2010, 02:00:29 PM »
I forgot a few technical details....The raster movement was programmed to have a step over of 0.002 in both Y and X direction. To Z cut was 0.030" in three steps of 0.010". The X and Y distance is 2".

Mike

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Re: A golden anniversary wedding gift
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2010, 05:17:03 PM »
That is a beautifull work of art and congrats on the anniversary(;-)

(;-) TP

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Re: A golden anniversary wedding gift
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2011, 04:43:08 PM »
Was your Lucky Lady completely WOWED? Did she know you were doing it? Lovely work, I see the Love in it!
Fred
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Re: A golden anniversary wedding gift
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2011, 10:32:44 AM »
That's sweet, Mike.

Dan