Welcome to Can You Etch It, the web’s first laser engraving series that specializes in laser engraving strange, unique, and even common items. Today, I thought it would be interesting to engrave something useful, so I will etch a clothespin.
Clothespins are common items, at least, they were in the past. Now, they are often relegated to other tasks and in my house, they are used to keep chip bags closed. Sure, we still use them to hang things up, but mostly they keep our chips crunchy. As laser engraving goes, clothespins are not as difficult to engrave as toothpicks or walnuts. They are not as festive as a cinnamon stick, but just because they are ordinary does not mean they can’t be made extraordinary.
If there were a list of the many items that should be laser engraved, I’m not sure clothespins needs to be on that list. Their abundance and inexpensive price makes them more of a novelty to laser engrave rather than a good idea. With some thinking you could come up with a list of interesting uses for laser engraved clothespins, such as name tags, craft items, and unique party favors.
Cinnamon sticks are probably not high up on the list of personalized items you were hoping to get this holiday season. If you showed up at a party with a bunch of laser etched cinnamon sticks to hand out, you may not get invited back, but you will likely be remembered (maybe not for the reasons you expect or want). It was an interesting exercise in layout and etching uneven items that was an interesting learning experience.
For those of you who are keeping score, the list is as follows: a clothespin, a cinnamon stick, a sweet potato, a walnut, and a toothpick. Next time I will try a suggestion from a friend and maybe even engrave a bonus item in the same theme as the first. Check back to find out what it will be.