First laser engraved pen

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woodwzrd

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I have been away from my lathe for the better part of three years for various reasons and have recently rekindled my fire for turning. During my time away I didn't realize how much I missed it. I also recently bought a Neje Master 3500 laser engraver and have been playing with various materials and fonts and what not. A couple weeks ago I had a friend reach out to me and ask if I could make a pen for her and engrave her name on it and this is what I ended up with. It is a Smittys Classic Roller ball kit that I traded for a long time ago on here with what I believe is some kind of rosewood that I have had for quite some time as well. The engraving is just single line text done without a rotary jig but I plan to purchase a jig in the every near future and look forward to diving deeper into this new rabbit hole.
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MRDucks2

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Looks good. What was your burn time and were you able to do it in a single pass? Did you color or backfill the name of simply apply your finish over it.
 

woodwzrd

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Looks good. What was your burn time and were you able to do it in a single pass? Did you color or backfill the name of simply apply your finish over it.
I burned it at 60% power and 35 ms in a single pass. Total burn time was only about 3-4 minutes. No back-fill. I put 4 coats of thin CA on it then just burned it and then finished with about 8 coats of medium CA.
 
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