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Laser Cutting and Fabric engraving are the practice of using lasers to cut fabric and engrave it thereof. Fabric being a hotshot candidate for laser services, laser Cutting and Fabric Engraving NYC is an extremely popular thing to do in recent days to create unique and completely customized fabric outputs starting from custom clothing options, accessories to even marketing materials made out of fabric. You can find a number of companies in New York City offering this service.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

While laser cutting allows for custom shapes and sizes, engraving makes it possible to add images, texture and patterning directly onto the piece of fabric in question. Unlike other modes of engraving, laser services do not call for using inks or any tool bits for the same.

Some of the Popular Cutting and Engraving Fabrics include:

Micro-Fiber:

Fabrics made of nylon and polyesters or a combination of both are durable in nature and results in beautiful outputs while engraving. If high speed and low power settings are applied to it, the slight top layer can be quickly burnt away creating a cloths engraving with great contrast. Do remember to test on various swatches to get the settings right so as to avoid burning the entire fabric.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

Synthetic Leather:

One of the most popular fabrics for laser engraving is the 'faux' leather since it is both flexible and durable and the material results in a sort of embossed look when engraved which looks both upscale ad sophisticated at the same time.

Neoprene:

Neoprene is a kind of synthetic material that holds well with high speed and lower power settings. This kind of fabric gives a unique textured look while laser engraved. Once you get the right configuration of speed and power settings, matrials engraving on neoprene produces sharply contrasting and stunning results.

Cotton:

100% cotton fabrics are closely knit which can sustain the power of the laser. The closer and tighter the threads are in the cotton fabric, the better engraving it would boast of. Fabric engraved cotton napkins are beautiful to look at, possessing a subtle and elegant engraved look.

Other materials that work well with laser cutting and engraving include denim, genuine leather, fleece and felt. However, the fabrics which do not go well with laser cutting and fabric engraving are the ones which do not have tightly-knit threads and hence results in burning rather than engraving. Examples of non-engraveable fabrics include terry cloth such as towels and robes and plush like bathroom rugs.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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