OK, firstly, here is a new, slightly updated version of the file with accuracy of the letter outlines improved.
Dr Nichols I-Quit-Smoking Button.ai (1.5 MB)
The laser cut wood profiles arrived (the laser cutting profile is in the first PDF above)
I haphazardly painted these with a crappy sponge brush with Liquitex Basics cadmium red deep hue with a bit of Golden polymer gloss medium mixed in. This gives it a very credible hand-made junky feeling similar to how it appears on screen.
For the lettering, I loaded into the vinyl cutter a version of that file where the layers are moved around a bit so I can cut both in one go
Dr Nichols I-Quit-Smoking Button - vinyl cut.ai (1.0 MB)
In Adobe Illustrator, with the Silhouette Connect app installed, I go to File > Silhouette Connect > Sent to Silhouette Connect
I tweaked the settings a bit: I set the material to vinyl (which recommends a cut depth of 1 on the ratchet cutter thing, but I set that to 0 because 1 cuts all the way through on the Pazzles vinyl I’m using, linked above); I adjust the width and height so they encompass all the artwork (I have no idea why it doesn’t do this automatically on this file), and then I manually jog the cut head to an open spot on the vinyl where I haven’t cut out a pattern yet.
Apply transfer paper tape
Smooth over with a burnishing tool of some sort. A bookbinder’s bone folder would have been better, but this spatula that came with the Silhouette was all I had on hand.
Lift up the transfer paper, picking off the unwanted bits (like the ovals in the middle of the Q and O)
Burnish into place
Peel tape back onto itself at a sharp angle
Spatula into place the top layer bits of the I.
Et bien voilà.
45mm brooch back pin bars are on their way from China and then I’ll be ready to call this project done.