Can You Etch It – Mirror

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 am engraving a mirror.

A mirror is one of the most common items we have in life.  There are 5 just in my car and many more at home.  They are everywhere and they are often plain.  Sure, they can have decorative frames but overall, they are just mirrors.  Very functional, very plain, very dull.  Let’s spice one up a little.

The design I have chosen for this episode is a quote from Mason Cooley:

“Fantasy mirrors desire.  Imagination reshapes it”

I gather a lot of meaning from famous quotations.  To me, this particular quote speaks about the ability we have to focus our desires, channeling them into something useful.  Anyone can sit around dreaming of a computer you hold in your hand, but it took Apple’s imagination and application to create the iPhone.  They did not just desire something different, they used their imagination to mold that desire into an amazing device.

Why laser engrave a mirror?

When you have a laser engraver, nothing is safe from being … enhanced.  Mirrors fall neatly into the pile of items that need a little something.  Years ago, mirrors were very expensive and cherished but now, they are often disposable, like many of the other items in our lives.  Unless they are personalized in some way, mirrors have little value apart from their function.  When enhanced, they can take on much more meaning.

By simply adding a quote  or other decoration, the mirror can be transformed.  Imagine having low self-esteem and looking into a mirror with the words “This is the face of beauty”, or trying to get over a difficult time in your life with a mirror that says “Yes, YOU can do anything.  You are valued.  You are important”.  These words may lose their meaning over time, but they also sink in.  Imagine the difference between two identical twins, one saying to themselves that they are important and the other one saying they are useless.  Words are important, more important than we can imagine.

Here is a video of the mirror being laser engraved.  It is a little less than 2 minutes long and includes several pictures of the mirror.

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Can You Etch It Roundup

For those of you who are keeping score, the list is as follows: a mirror, a hand-drawn robot design, a CD jewel casea pair of drum sticksa luggage tag, a fishing reel, a couple of impact sockets, a drinking glassa little industrial labelinga baseballa 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.

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Have a great weekend.

 

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