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Mobile from TroGlass Pastel

Step-by-Step tutorial

This vibrant mobile is a perfect addition to any nursery! Combine and mix colors to your liking.


Equipment and Materials

Materials

  • TroGlass Pastel 1/8" thick 1/4 plate sheets in mint, yellow, orange, lilac, pink, light blue
  • TroGlass Satins 1/8" thick 1/4 sheets in lime green, yellow, orange, violet, fuchsia, blue
  • Cotton or silk thread (clear fishing line is ideal as well)
  • Laser masking or painters tape (sealing off your bed to create optimal air flow)

Trotec Laser and Accessories

  • Speedy 360, 80 watts
  • 2" lens
  • Nozzle with large opening
  • Air assist low
  • Acrylic cutting grid table

Produce this mobile with any model from the Speedy laser engraver series.

Downloads:

Download graphic files

Tip:

You can choose to combine the elephants and ears in the same color tone or mix and match as you wish.


Step by Step

Step 1: Create your own design or use our template

Make sure that the cutting gap corresponds to the thickness of the material, so that the individual parts can then be inserted into each other.

Cutting according to our template:

  • 1x suspension ring large
  • 1x suspension eyelet small
  • 8x elephant (in different colors)
  • 8x ears (with desired motives in different colors)
  • Heart large (in desired number and color)
  • Heart small (in desired number and color)

Use the desired color combinations to create the print jobs for the respective acrylic plates.

Print Settings

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Standard 500 dpi none
Halftone Others
Color optimized geometries 
inner geometries first

Step 2: Laser process TroGlass

Now make the parameter settings. The parameter settings apply to both TroGlass Pastel 1/8" (3mm) and TroGlass Satins 1/8" (3mm). Our suggested parameters may vary depending on the laser machine used and the available laser power.

Leave the protective film on both the top and bottom of the acrylic sheets. Place the material on the acrylic grid cutting table in the laser machine. Cover the remaining surface to create the best possible vacuum. Perform the laser process for each acrylic sheet accordingly.

Laser parameters

Color Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
Blue Cut CO2 10 1 1000 Hz
Red Cut CO2 50 0.2 5000 Hz
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Direction Advanced
1 ON 6 - Correction 10
1 ON - - Correction 10

Step 3: Assemble the elephants

After processing has completed, remove the parts from the laser. Peel off the protective film from the top and bottom of the individual design parts.

Prepare all cut out parts.

Put the ears together with the respective part of the torso.


Step 4: Attaching the thread

Now weave your thread through the hole at the head of the elephant.

Then feed the same thread from the other side through the hole in the fuselage.

The resulting cross-hairs fix the ears to the elephant's trunk.

Knot the thread above the ears.

Follow these steps for all elephant models.


Step 5: Assembly

Now feed two threads of the desired length for the suspension into the opposite, larger holes on the ring. Then pull the thread through the small oval ring for the suspension.
Hold the ring by the suspension and adjust the length of the threads so that it hangs horizontally. Knot the ends.
Finally, hang all elephants and hearts in the desired arrangement using the holes on the ring.


TroGlass Pastel – fresh and lively pastel-colored acrylic glass

From soft mint to light pink, these fresh hues have all the excellent physical properties of cast acrylic sheets. TroGlass Pastel comes with both a glossy and matte side and is available in our standard sheet sizes in 1/8" thickness.

Be fully in trend with TroGlass Pastel


Inspiration

You can choose to combine the elephants and ears in the same color tone or mix and match as you wish.

Please feel free to use other materials such as wood. When using different materials, pay attention to the material thickness and adjust the cutting gap in the graphic accordingly if necessary.

Note: This mobile is not a toy and is only suitable for decoration purposes. Install the mobile out of reach of small children.


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