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Here are some of my favorite things! Sources and brands of materials, supplies and tools, and other items! I will continue to update this list with more sources and more details over time.
- 1/4″ and 1/8″ cast acrylic sheets (there are so many colors and variations!) Note: not extruded acrylic, only cast acrylic
- 1/4″ or 1/8″ plywood, such as maple, walnut, hickory, etc.
- cuff bracelet blanks
- various keychain blanks
- Proofgrade materials such as Thick Proofgrade draftboard
- Jumbo craft sticks
- Masking: Favorite Sources for Materials
- Glowforge Proofgrade Products Plywood, Hardwood, Leather, Acrylic, Veneer, Draftboard, etc. I love the quality!
- Columbia Forest Products from Home Depot Their Purebond plywood is laser safe, great quality and great price. Free shipping with a purchase of $45 or more!
- estreetplastics Great quality cast acrylic sheets with wide variety of options for clear or translucent or opaque colors. Lots of options for thicknesses!
- Etsy: Lots of great materials from different sellers
- eBay: sellers recommended by other Glowforge owners in the Glowforge community forum
- Plaid Ultra Dye
- Chalk paint
- Metallic craft paint
- Masking. My favorite to use with wood is 12″ masking that you can purchase in a 100 yard roll. This makes things very easy to prep when you’re using 12″ plywood, for example.
- Acrylic paint pens, I love extra fine tip for small, intricate items.
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Denatured alcohol. (By the way, I’ve heard you can use vodka but we’ll save that topic for another day.) 😀
- Wood glue, Gorilla glue, E6000, Starbond CA glue… depending on the project
- Zeiss Lens Cleaning wipes
- Cricut weeding tool
- Honeycomb pins
- Plastic razor blades
- Microfiber cloths
- Baby wipes
- Foam brushes
- Paint brushes of various sizes, especially tiny ones for intricate items
- Mini roller brushes
- Xacto knife or Cricut TruControl knife
- Clamps to hold items together while glue dries.
- Heavy items like large books to hold items together while glue dries.
- Earring display
- Jewelry packaging
Favorite Findings and Accessories
- Stainless steel wire keychains
- Titanium earring findings (I’ve found the best quality and price on Etsy.)
- Tassels for keychains
- LED lamp from Amazon
- 6″ Inline fan from Amazon II’m using Vivosun and it’s working well for me, another popular brand is AC Infinity.)
- Elbows for duct hose
- HVAC foil tape (for connecting the inline fan)
- duct reducer 6″ to 4″
- flexible duct
- two piece vent hose quick connect (often marketed as for clothes dryer vent hoses)
- tall airtight storage container with lid, sometimes I use this to contain odor from items like wood projects until I can take them outside to air out
- ziploc bags or reusable silicone storage bags to store small projects, like earrings
- Workbench to hold the Glowforge and hold materials in drawers
Tell me about your favorites below in the comments! I’m always on the lookout for new ideas!
See ya soon!