Slate is a perfect substrate for a personalized gift or memorial because it can be used indoors or out. It may lose a little of its sheen after being out in the elements, but it retains its natural beauty. Slate lasers directly to a gray/frosted white color, is quick and easy to laser, and requires no extra prep or finish work.
The piece shown is a rectangular slate sheet, measuring 7″ X 9″, lasered on a Trotec machine at 50% speed, 50% power, and 600 PPI. Other settings that can be used as a starting point, depending on your laser, are:
- 35 watt: DPI 400, Speed 30%, Power 80%
- 60 watt: DPI 400, Speed 70%, Power 60%
Supplies needed for the slate:
- Laser machine
Step 1: Place the slate in the laser so that it is flat and level.
Step 2: Position to laser on the front of the slate.
Step 3: No cleaning should be necessary, but you can wipe it with a neutral cleaner or just a damp cloth. Your finished product is a beautiful, lasting gift that withstands the test of time.