I love making these little guys! I have a bunch of aircraft shapes that I've traced over the years. Each is customized, and they are often used as favor tags for destination weddings.
Small engraved tags are the backbone of my sales. Sold in quantities of 50 or more, these little surfboards really took off! Completely personalized with whatever the client wants engraved, they are used mostly as wedding favor tags.
Tree cross section invitation
I make these from wood, but they're not actual slices of trees. I simulate the bark and growth rings with some handy little engraving tricks. These are some of the coolest invitations I make!
I love making these acrylic invites - they turn out so incredibly elegant. I make the size, shape and all engraving completely from scratch for each order. I think they are truly unique.
Have you eve tried to photograph something transparent? It's tricky!
Wood business cards
Not the most practical thickness (3mm) but they make quite an impression!
Custom fabric labels
There's an amazing fabric "Ultrasuede" that's soft and strong. More importantly to me, though - it etches and cuts beautifully with a laser! I have made them as small as 1/4" diameter (yeah, really!) and as large as a postcard. I've sold literally tens of thousands of these colorful, unique tags.
6-pack and coaster set
I sold a bunch of these for some weddings. Each 6-pack and coaster had a custom logo. They looked really sharp! Prost!
I scored some curly maple from a local luthier to make this box. I inlayed abalone shell for the flourishes. I was really happy with it, but again couldn't charge enough to cover the time involved. It made a great gift!
Business card rack
In the beginning I experimented with an acrylic bender. These looked pretty cool, but nobody wanted to pay what I needed to make them sensible to market.
The little top shelf slides left and right. I liked this design, but never sold any - so the couple prototypes are the sole survivors.
I made these from burly maple with abalone shell inlay. I thought they were darn cool! I called the guy on the left "pajama guy" and the others were... I dunno, pizza and blob or something. I don't remember what price I asked, but there were no takers. I had a few hours into making each one, so it turned out not to be a feasible product to sell.
Man, it must have taken a half dozen prototypes to get this one figured out. A rubber band on the bottom pulls the plunger forward, keeping pressure on the deck of cards. After all was done, it didn't work so well. The wood slots and sliders insisted on binding, so this one went to the "fail" department. But it looked cool!
Mini r/c helicopter body
I tried replacing the Styrofoam body to my little r/c helicopter with this acrylic fuselage I came up with. Apparently I don't know enough about gravity - it just tanked into the ground, unable to lift - ha!
These fell into the "cool but unfeasible" department pretty quick. But they looked so nice! Again, they just take too long to make and I can't justify the price I would need to ask in order for them to be viable products.
Fun with acrylics! I used 5mm thick for the base and 3mm for the skis and backdrop. The gold embellishment is a thin metallic acrylic laminate. I even bent the tips of the skis - this thing was neato! However, impractical to sell for less than $50 or so. Another well intended product, filed now under "original artwork".
The title sums it up.
Names cut, sanded, finished - viola!
Engraved lacrosse ball and stand
I was so happy when I figured out how to engrave lacrosse balls! I've done some custom orders for a small team here in Portland.