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Laser engraved padlocks
Love Locks

Step by step guide

Have you ever seen a bridge with several padlocks on it? This is a creative and sentimental practice to symbolize everlasting love. Typically a couple adds their names or initials on the padlock, and then attaches or locks it to the bridge. Then they throw away the key to symbolize their endless love. Use the following step-by-step guide to create your own "love lock."


Preparation

Material required:

  • A padlock made from anodized aluminum
  • A piece of wood or acrylic to build a tray for stability, or some plasticine

Used Trotec Laser:

  • Speedy 100
  • 60 watts
  • 2.5 inch lens

Step by Step

Step 1: Stabilize padlock for processing

There are two easy ways to keep the padlock stable during laser engraving:

  • make a tray from wood or acrylics to place the padlock on
  • if you are producing only one or two custom pieces at time, you can fix the lock with some plasticine

Step 2: Create your design and process it

You can create your own design or use our template. Then send the design to the laser engraver to be processed. 

Laser parameters:

Engraving: power: 20% - speed: 10% - frequency: 1000 ppi - air assist: ON - high quality: ON