Azuma Bukuro Dice Bag

Azuma Bukuro Dice Bag (open)

I thought a simple dice bag styled after a Japanese azuma bukuro bento/market bag would be fun.  The fabric is 100% cotton sateen, custom-printed with one of my Celtic key pattern designs.  I cut the fabric on the laser using the new vacuum tray, which was great for the precision.

Laser Dye Removal Skull Shirt

Pale grey skull bleached out of a white background.

Some time ago, I took a photo of a skull set into a wall in the catacombs under Paris. In this underground ossuary are interred many forgotten French soldiers and plague victims, their identities lost to time.

With some adjustments, I was able to get it suitable for laser engraving.

I wanted to try a technique Jennifer Huber shared on the Glowforge forum recently.

I treated a T-shirt with heat-activated dye discharge paste.

After it dried, I used a tray replacement developed by Bailey Heyman to load it in the laser so I could engrave the design to activate the dye discharge paste.

Washing the paste out took some work. I used synthrapol, a specialized detergent that keeps dye from re-depositing on textiles. It took about a dozen rinse cycles to get it clean.

The lighter-colored stripe is likely an artifact from the Glowforge UI resizing the image when I exported at 72 instead of 96 DPI.