Resources

Here you’ll find all of our recommendations for related businesses and services. Have a click through each tab – there’s lots of amazing services and websites referenced here!

Vector File Graphic Designers

Gabrielle Slater

As a previous employee here at Vector Etch, Gabrielle is enthusiastic about working with clients on as a freelance designer. So, if you want someone who knows how to prepare files directly for Vector Etch, this is the freelancer for you! Contact Gabrielle through her personal website to enquire about her freelance design and file preparation work. Based in Brisbane, Australia.

www.gabrielleslater.online Instagram: @gabrielle_slater

Tiffany Atkin

An illustrator and graphic designer with experience in laser cutting. Tiffany can provide a complete service for custom jewellery design – including custom illustrations and branding, all the way through to laying out laser ready vector files suitable for Vector Etch. Based in Brisbane, Australia.

www.tiffanyatkin.com Instagram: @tiffany_atkin tiffany.atkin@gmail.com

Alex Lawton – Lazer Unicorn

Alex is our design consultant here at Vector Etch and also works on Lazer Unicorn and Lazer Design School. She works exclusively with jewellery clients helping with designing laser ready vector files suitable for Vector Etch. She loves intricate multi-layered designs and educating makers to be able to design their own files. Alex is based in Brisbane, Australia, and travels often for laser cut jewellery workshops.

lazerunicorn.co Instagram: @lazer_unicorn_

Learn Laser Cutting Design

Learn from Lazer Design School

Learn to design your own laser cutting files for acrylic jewellery in this easy to follow online course.

Our experienced coworker Alex (of Lazer Unicorn) has curated a 6-week online course for you to learn direct from a laser cutting designer, who works here at Vector Etch.

Alex will teach you how to create your own laser cutting files from hand drawn sketches to digital designs. Each week you’ll learn methods to create a design, with new tools and videos on how to use them, with a hands on challenge for you to complete.

By the end of the course, you’ll have all the checklists, templates, methods and how-to tutorials to efficiently and precisely create your own laser cut pieces.

Class starts on November 12th, 2019.

Learn More about Lazer Design School

Free 3-Day Challenge – An Introduction to Adobe Illustrator for Laser Cutting

Have you ever wanted to design your own laser cut designs, and want to learn more about using the software that talks to the laser cutting machines? Our in-house laser cutting designer Alex (of Lazer Unicorn) has curated a free introduction to Adobe Illustrator software so you can commence creating laser cutting vector files. This introduction comes in the form of a free 3-day challenge to design your own earring tops. You’ll receive a video each day that will show you what to do.

This 3-Day Challenge is available online and you can sign up for it for free here.

Start the 3-day Challenge

Workshops

Lazer Unicorn

Laser cut earring making workshops, typically in major Australian cities.

These workshops are hands-on so you can create with pre-laser cut pieces, so you can learn making techniques.

Alex (Lazer Unicorn) is our in-house design consultant here at Vector Etch, and we sponsor her workshops so she can bring you creative earring making workshops.

www.lazerunicorn.co

Instagram @lazer_unicorn_

Learn from Lazer Design School

Learn to design your own laser cutting files for acrylic jewellery with experienced coworker Alex (of Lazer Unicorn) has curated a 6-week online course for you to learn direct from a laser cutting designer, who works here at Vector Etch.

Learn More about Lazer Design School

Design Resources

Vector Etch Creative Market

Designs that we’ve created that could be purchased and laser cut (note: these are designs only and will need to be formatted further to be laser ready). Shop our expanded range of designs.

Vector Etch Creative Market Collections

A great source of templates for silhouettes and icon illustrations. Good quality and reasonably priced.Check out our book marked collections of designs that could be great starting points for jewellery designs.

Learn from Lazer Design School

Learn to design your own laser cutting files for acrylic jewellery in this easy to follow online course from our experienced coworker Alex (of Lazer Unicorn) has curated a 6-week online course for you to learn direct from a laser cutting designer, who works here at Vector Etch.

Alex will teach you how to create your own laser cutting files from hand drawn sketches to digital designs. Each week you’ll learn methods to create a design, with new tools and videos on how to use them, with a hands on challenge for you to complete.

Learn More about Lazer Design School

Graphic Burger

Vector icons perfect for cut, etched or printed charms. Good variety, with most free or discounted. www.graphicburger.com

Envato Elements

A subscription to design resources including icons, illustrations, backgrounds and fonts. www.elements.envato.com

Maker Case

Easy website to make laser cut boxes, cases, etc. Type in your dimensions and it will give you a digital file to suit. www.makercase.com

Thingiverse

DIY laser cut projects. www.thingiverse.com

Fonts

Font Squirrel

Free resource for fonts and typefaces (all fonts here are Copyright free). www.fontsquirrel.com

My Fonts

Fonts with purchasable licences for a variety of uses. Regularly has special offers, and discounted bundles/multiple font packs. www.myfonts.com

Lost Type

A designer type foundry with beautiful fonts, all for a pay-what-you-want system for personal use and low cost for a commercial license. www.losttype.com

Vector Graphics Software

Adobe Illustrator

The industry-standard vector graphics software lets you create laser ready files easily and quickly. Buy Adobe Illustrator.

Free 3-Day Challenge – An Introduction to Adobe Illustrator for Laser Cutting

Have you ever wanted to design your own laser cut designs, and want to learn more about using the software that talks to the laser cutting machines? Our in-house laser cutting designer Alex (of Lazer Unicorn) has curated a free introduction to Adobe Illustrator software so you can commence creating laser cutting vector files. This introduction comes in the form of a free 3-day challenge to design your own earring tops. You’ll receive a video each day that will show you what to do.

This 3-Day Challenge is available online and you can sign up for it for free here.

Start the 3-day Challenge

Gravit

A FREE program that is similar to Adobe Illustrator. If can be accessed via web browser on any type of device (such as a phone or tablet). We commonly work with files made in this program and they seem to work quite well. Just note, they also have a paid Pro version, you can start a trial on that and when it expires you automatically revert to the free version (no credit card needed). Access Gravit.

Inkscape

A free alternative to Illustrator that has similar features. In our experience is a little less intuitive to use (when compared to other programs) and can cause glitches with laser files (such as sizing issues, colours changes…). Access Inkscape.

Corel Draw

Another option that is suitable for laser cutting file setup. Buy Corel Draw.

Printing

Fast Printing

For business cards, flyers, stickers, etc. Based in Sydney, Australia. www.fastprinting.com.au

Jewellery Components

Vector Etch

For jewellery components, including links, jump rings, brooch backs, etc. www.vectoretch.com.au

Transglobal Trading

For bulk jewellery components. Based in Brisbane, Australia. www.transglobaltrading.com.au

Beads N Crystals

For beads, crystals, tassels, etc. Based in Brisbane, Australia. www.beadsncrystals.com.au

Art and Craft Supplies

The Art Shed

For art supplies, best for low prices. Also typically sell blank skate decks. www.artshedbrisbane.com.au

Eckersley’s Art & Craft

Art and craft supplies. Typically have great service and product knowledge, so can be best for visiting in-store if you need help/advice. www.eckersleys.com.au

Officeworks

Sell Uni Posca Acrylic paint pens at a good price. www.officeworks.com.au

Ironlak

Quality acrylic paint (paint pens, sprays, etc). ironlak.com.au

Materials

My Little Acrylic Shop

Over 300+ varieties of pretty materials, all suitable for laser cutting and engraving. www.mylittleacrylicshop.com.au

Inventables

US based material sales website (HUGE variety – larger than ours, typically quite pricey). www.inventables.com

Custom Laser Cutting and Engraving

Vector Etch

Our main business, specialising in fine detail laser cutting and engraving; best suited for jewellery makers, crafters and designers. You can shop from the Vector Etch range of designs, or upload your own vector file to be cut. Based in Brisbane, Australia. www.vectoretch.com.au

Mad Laser Cutters

Specialising in consultation, vector file design and production for multiple layer/multi-piece brooches. Based in Brisbane, Australia. www.facebook.com/MADLaserCutters

Studio T55

Specialising in custom cake toppers (includes in-house design work). Well priced, fast turn around. Based on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. www.studiot55.com.au

Lecky Studio

Working with small business to laser cut and UV print their products, signage and promotional needs. facebook.com/LeckyStudio/

Zap Creatives

Custom UV printed and laser cut acrylic charms. Based in the UK. www.zapcreatives.co.uk

Ink it Labs

Custom UV printed and laser cut acrylic charms. Based in Austin, Texas. inkitlabs.com

Laser Cutting at Makerspaces

Check out some of these great makerspaces around Australia (and the world) where you can utilise laser cutters, equipment and tools and create fun things all on your own.

Through our sister business, My Little Acrylic Shop, you can purchase all of your favourite materials that you order through Vector Etch in various sheet sizes, depending on your needs.

Even if you decide it doesn’t interest you in the long-term, we find that learning the process of how laser cutting works can empower you to have a better understanding of how to create designs which are more efficient.

QLD

The Edge

Based at the State Library of Queensland in South Brisbane, Brisbane City.
edgeqld.org.au

Hackerspace Brisbane (HSBNE)

in Eagle Farm, Australia.
hsbne.org

NSW

Makerspace

A community makerspace with creative studios and equipment for hire in Marrickville, Sydney.
makerspace.org.au

SparkCC

SparkCC is a community of makers on the NSW Central Coast, in Somersby, NSW.
sparkcc.org

Makerspace Newcastle

Core Electronics Makerspace upskills makers with new ideas and methods which they can use to create something, even if it’s just for fun.
makerspacenewcastle.com.au

VIC

Space Tank

A studio in Coburg, Melbourne.
spacetankstudio.com.au

Connected Community Hackerspace

A community-operated workshop, where people can meet and work on technology projects in Hawthorn, VIC.
hackmelbourne.org

FAB9

FAB9 is a makerspace that empowers makers in Footscray, VIC.
fab9.com.au

SA

Makerspace Adelaide

Makerspace Adelaide is a community fabrication workshop providing affordable access to a variety of tools and equipment – from laser cutters and sewing machines to 3D printers and traditional hand tools.
makerspaceadelaide.org

SANE Makerspace

SANE is a massive community workshop space for making anything.
sanemakerspace.com

WA

The Perth Artifactory

The Perth Artifactory is the Hackerspace/Makerspace in Perth. They currently occupy a large warehouse unit in Osborne Park and which is populated with tools, technology, desks and workstations.
artifactory.org.au

TAS

Hobart Hackerspace

A community-operated workspace where people with common interests, often in computers, technology, science, digital art or electronic art, can meet, socialise and/or collaborate.
hobarthackerspace.org.au

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