Can You Etch It – Toothpicks

Laser engraved toothpick

Laser engraved toothpick - Taking pictures of toothpicks is a little difficult, so I scanned scanned it. Click on the image for another view

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 will etch a toothpick.

Laser engraving a toothpick presents many challenges.  One of the major challenges is convincing your friends and family that yes, you can laser engrave a toothpick and no, doing so does not make me crazy.  Another challenge is the small size; the text size that looks about right is 3pt which is 3/72 inch tall.  It is also difficult to hold the toothpick still while the machine does it’s work, but that is nothing a little tape won’t remedy.

Why…

So, you may wonder why would someone laser engrave a toothpick?  I’m sure there are other more economical ways of personalizing toothpicks if you choose to do so, but laser engraving anything that small is a challenge.  The toothpick must be lined up properly on the laser for the words to fit and there is very little margin of error on something that narrow.  When engraving a drinking glass or sweet potato, the alignment is less critical but always important to the finished product.  If you become good at the little things, the big things take care of themselves.

What’s Next?

For those of you who are keeping score, this is my first toothpick I have laser engraved.  I have also engraved a sweet potato (want to see? check out Facebook) and a walnut.  Next time I will try to be more festive with my choice of materials.

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Leave me a comment and let me know what I can engrave next.  Have a great week

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