A Sign for FirstLightWorks

Posted on February 18, 2019


We have news! I’m a bit late in updating you because we have been busy lasering all the things.

Towards the end of last year we invested in a Trotec laser cutter and set up a new company FirstLightWorks. We have been learning, designing and prototyping, and deciding where we are going to specialise. We run a bureau service where we laser cut and engrave company names, logos and designs, but we have also designed a range of products to sell in our online store.

Something we have enjoyed making is laser cut signs, so today’s post is about how we made our new workshop sign.

We drew up our design on the computer, based on our company logo, then created a cutting pattern for the different layers and colours.

The background was laser cut from birch plywood then we gave it several coats of paint to give it vibrancy and depth. We laser etch the design onto the background to help with letter placement and for contrast we painted the lettering white.

Next the laser does it’s magical thing of cutting the letters out cleanly and precisely then we apply them to the sign. I defy anyone to stand in the workshop when the laser is cutting and not be transfixed as it powers through wood, acrylic or any number of materials. It’s quite mesmerising.

The most satisfying bit is peeling off the paper mask and revealing the crisp white lettering.

We think these are perfect for those of you who have a small business or Instagram logo. Put it on your wall or in the background of your photos to help promote your brand and to let people know who you are!

We offer a Workshop Sign, for those of you who are into woodwork:

There’s a Handmade Name Sign that we can paint in any colour to match your decor:

And this Bespoke Sign is designed for you, whether you have a studio, a shed or an office that you want to mark out as your own. Just let us know what things are special to you and we will draw them up and add them to the sign.

This one is for my Food Photography studio so it’s all about the cakes and cameras.

In fact we have a giveaway on these signs at the moment which we would love your to enter. It runs until Friday 22nd February 2019 so get your details in quickly. We will be designing and making a sign for the winner very soon.


All you need to do is one (or all if you want 3 entries!) of the following:

  • ‘Like’ our Facebook page, share the Giveaway post and tell us what you would like on your sign.
  • Follow us on Instagram, ‘like’ our giveaway post and let us know what you would have on your sign then tag someone you think would like a sign too.
  • Share this blogpost on Twitter or anywhere you have some followers and leave a comment below telling us what you would want on your sign.

We both have Instagram accounts so do give us a follow if you would like to see what we are up to: instagram.com/clairefirstlightworks/ and instagram.com/firstlightworks/ On there you will find more videos of the laser cutting process if you like that sort of thing.

At FirstLightWorks we make everything to order, so you get a product that is unique. Take a look through our site and if we can create something for you, or as a gift for someone else, please get in touch.

Claire and Ed at FirstLightWorks.