Can You Etch It – M&M’s and bread

M&M's package with laser engraved clothes pinWelcome to Can You Etch It, the web’s first laser engraving series that specializes in laser engraving strange, unique, and even common items.  You may be wondering if you read the title right, but yes, I will be laser engraving both M&M’s and a slice of bread (bonus time!).

A friend from work suggested the M&M’s (thanks Richard) and I decided to do a two-fer and see what happens when bread and a laser meet in a dark alley.  First, the M&M’s; I choose the dark chocolate ones (notice the laser engraved clothes pin) since they are extra-special yummy.  As laser engraving goes, M&M’s are probably not the best thing to personalize with a method that is hot but they did surprisingly well.  When they say, “M&M’s melt in your mouth, not in your hands,” they are right.  The candy coating doesn’t even melt under a laser.  The power of the laser was increased 10% each time and ended at 80%.  I still did not reach the chocolate.  If I had wanted to get serious, I could have really turned up the heat, but again, M&M’s are not the best materials to be laser engraving.  Still, the results are surprisingly good.  For a better look, check out the video.

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Next came the bread.  The bread of choice around our house is Arnold 100% Whole Wheat.  I wanted to engrave something interesting, so I chose not to panic (if that makes no sense to you, just Google “Don’t Panic” and see what images and links come up).  The results were not very good even with a fairly high power level.  I only engraved one piece of bread since it was getting late and I had already eaten all of my M&M’s samples.  Seeing the design in the bread is difficult, but for some reason, the slightly out-of-focus images are easier to make out.

Why M&M’s and bread?

I really wanted to do something fun this time and had been thinking of the M&M’s.  When it was suggested to me, I decided to give it a go.  As for the bread, I felt that M&M’s might not have been exciting enough.  I also like toast and wanted to see what laser engraved bread looked like.  Now I know.

What’s Next?

For those of you who are keeping score, the list is as follows: M&M’s, a slice of bread, a clothes pin, a cinnamon stick, a sweet potato, a walnut, and a toothpick.  It seems that the list favors food a little.  Next time I will try to do something a little more practical.  Check back to find out what it will be.  Let me know if you have any suggestions for future installments.  Have a great weekend

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