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3 2 G R A P H I C S P R O J U N E 2 0 2 2 G R A PH I C S - PR O.C O M A W A R D S & C U S T O M I Z A T I O N A green urn offering the possibility of planting a tree for the future. The vessel will decompose once put into the ground. (All images courtesy Ruth Dobbins) CREATING LASTING PIECES WITH YOUR LASER ENGRAVER B Y R U T H D O B B I N S T he engravable memorial products market includes a board range of options, and I will cover a good portion of what is available out there, however, there are more than can be covered in one single article. Product choices will depend on the process of en- graving you're performing, whether it be abrasive blasting, rotary engraving, or la- ser engraving. On top of that, there is the whole eld of sublimation, bronze casting, or other metal nishing processes, that I won't be touching on here. Memorial products may not be your preferred choice of product, but this is a huge industry with the possibility of earning a steady income if you like working with a variety of mate- rials, or even if you prefer to specialize in only one or two materials. In our studio, we primarily work on stone, brick, and glass. Even though the designs are usu- ally not the most creative ones, we regard our work as a service to the families who have lost a loved one. So, let's look at what we commonly run into for requests from one of our local funeral homes. Etch Masters Memorial Products

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