Laser-Cut Oak Jewelry by Studio 2 Owner Meghan Hollister


Over the past few years, I have had the pleasure of occasionally working out of the Quad Cities’ only makerspace, The QC Co-Lab. Founded in 2010, The QC Co-lab provides an abundance of tools and resources to students, artists, makers, and tinkerers of all sorts. My personal favorite of all tools, is the laser-cutter.

 

What is a laser-cutter?

Laser cutting is a technology that uses a laser to cut materials, and is typically used for industrial manufacturing applications, but is also starting to be used by schools, small businesses, and hobbyists. Laser cutting works by directing the output of a high-power laser most commonly through optics. The laser optics and CNC (computer numerical control) are used to direct the material or the laser beam generated (Wikipedia)

I first learned to use the laser-cutter while producing the frames and fine art pieces for a group exhibition: Peripheral Shifts, hosted by Quad City Arts.

Laser-etched oak frame, designed and cut completely on the laser cutter. If you look carefully, you might be able to see the laser-etching on the Plexiglas-cover.

Laser-etched oak frame, designed and cut completely on the laser cutter. If you look carefully, you might be able to see the laser-etching on the Plexiglas-cover.

Laser and hand-cut paper elements.

Laser and hand-cut paper elements.

laser-etched Plexiglass detail.

laser-etched Plexiglass detail.

In my more recent laser-endeavors, I’ve focused on jewelry for my small business brand, Studio 2. Using the laser-cutter makes it easier for me to incorporate more eco-friendly materials into my jewelry. It also gives me a chance to bring my sketches and designs to life in a  physical form.

Maple leaf earrings being cut on the laser cutter.

Maple leaf earrings being cut on the laser cutter. Follow Studio 2 on Instagram: @studiono2

Check out my latest laser-cut jewelry below, and let me know what you think. Any feedback is genuinely appreciated. I have a dwindling number of laser-cut and etched jewelry, as I get ready for my relocation looming in the near future, and find a new makerspace in my new town. If you would like to add some of my jewelry to your personal handmade collection, or a collection of a friend or loved ones for the holiday season, shoot me an email, or check out my Etsy store.

Stay up to date behind the scenes. Follow Studio 2 on Instagram: @studiono2

 

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