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’ll create an a ruler from mat board.
Imagine that you are on the lookout for the perfect gift. You browse Amazon, Etsy, and Google but still did not find what you are looking for. You remember a link that someone sent you on Facebook to a great shop online that makes handmade gift items.
Visiting the site, you are amazed at the quality and creativity. You just have to have one of their custom made widgets. You order the widget thinking it would make a great coaster for you friend. When the widget arrives, you anxiously open the package to see, not a coaster sized widget, but a bottle cap sized widget. What happened?
Pictures are great for showing details and size. The problem is that they can also deceive and misdirect. We have all taken those pictures where it looks like someone is holding up a building or monument. On a vacation years ago, I took a picture of Mount Rushmore with my wife’s head as one of the Presidents. She doesn’t have a particularly large head, so I had to have the perspective just right.
That same perspective can deceive us when our only view of a product is a picture of the product. We need some way to compare it to something of a known size. Some people use coins or cell phones. I have heard that Steve Jobs of Apple always unveiled new devices by holding them up by his face. We all have an idea what the average head size is so comparing new items to a face is a natural comparison that everyone understands
Why create a laser engraved mat board ruler?
Customers often want to know how big something is. Using an object for comparison is good, but sometimes we want an objective size. Rulers work great for sizes and gives us the opportunity to add a little branding to each picture.
The design that was chosen for the ruler features the Book Worm Laser & Design logo. The ruler is 6 inches by 6 inches with 1/2 inch and 1/4 inch marks.
Here is the video showing the ruler being engraved. The engraving took more than 5 minutes to complete so the video is sped up. At the end of the video you can see the final result. For more pictures, check out the end of the post.
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For those of you who are keeping score, here’s the list so far: a mat board ruler, a hammer award, mini clip boards, an anodized aluminum ruler, hair bow, a couple of American Flags, a gift card holder, plastic labels, South Dakota frig magnet, a few failed light switch plates, a taco shell, Mount Rushmore coasters, house numbers, a cutting board, 6 social media icons, a mirror, a hand-drawn robot design, a CD jewel case, a pair of drum sticks, a luggage tag, a fishing reel, a couple of impact sockets, a drinking glass, a little industrial labeling, a baseball, a Frappuccino bottle, a tennis ball, 12 Scrabble tiles, a custom ink stamp, Thank You cards, M&M’s, a slice of bread, a clothes pin, a cinnamon stick, a sweet potato, a walnut, and a toothpick.
Let me know if you have any suggestions for future installments. Have a great weekend.
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