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 wanted to do a project that offered a unique solution to a problem, so I will be engraving a tennis ball.
Tennis balls are not the best surface to laser engrave. They are covered in felt, are spherical with a small diameter, and smell strange when they are new. Nevertheless, the show must go on and we are here to make a custom tennis ball trophy.
A custom laser engraved tennis ball can be used in a variety of instances, from inexpensive, useful trophies for students to interesting rewards for employees. A tennis ball can be used as a dog toy, a corporate desk item, and a grip strengthener. If you have a CB radio, it can also be used to keep the antenna from hitting your vehicle. I have even seen tennis balls used to cover the balls on trailer hitches to reduce rust.
Why a tennis ball?
So often in life, we see things as only having one use. I like to experiment with reusing items for other purposes, such as a tennis ball as a trophy. Not only does it help me think in more creative ways, it has the potential to be a solution for a variety of issues for everyone. By creating designs for objects and surfaces that are not specifically intended to be laser engraved, I increase my skill as a designer and laser engraver operator. But most of all, it’s fun.
Here is a video of the tennis ball engraved by the laser.
Can You Etch It Roundup
For those of you who are keeping score, the list is as follows: 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.