I finished painting the dog silhouettes and names and applied finishing wax to walnut backing boards.
I continued to cut out dog silhouettes out of 1/4” walnut stock on the FSL Muse: an English Bulldog, Brittany Spaniel and Golden Retriever. Then I worked on the dog names, using Wishline font I found on dafont.com.
In preparation for our trip to Hawaii next week, I created these custom stoppers out of scraps of thin stock walnut I had left over. After ashes of Jill and Koda are placed inside April Angels, these stoppers will be glued over the bottom hole to keep the ashes inside.
I also needed to start working on Mary Kilway’s order for custom dog leash holders. Before too long Christmas will be here, I need to get them finished with plenty of time to be shipped to their appropriate parties.
I also did some experimenting with different materials other than wood, such as acrylic and card stock, for the dog shape.
However, there remained a strong preference for wood.
I finally opened my Esty store at https://www.etsy.com/shop/MakerCave, and I received my first order, two Poet’s Quote Trout to Mary Kilway.
In addition, to sell two on Etsy, I also sold one to a stranger on Facebook Marketplace.
I worked out some custom packaging from old cardboard boxes to ship the trout in.
I was so happy with the thin stock walnut remnants I picked up at Goby Walnut Products that I picked up some more.
I fired up the X-Carve to start cutting the components for my third Simba Simple Chair.
While the X-Carve worked, I started experimenting with halftone dithering engraving of photos on the FSL Muse.
After engraving the original photo of Jill and her catch, I decided to remove the background of the photo to get a better result.
Then I started playing with the DPI settings and decided that I liked 250 DPI setting the best.
Then I made an example of a custom quote trout I want to sell. Customers would be able to send me their own photo and quote, and I would engrave it onto a blank trout.