Laser Cut Gifts: Your Guide To Purchasing
Are you considering a laser cut gift? Then you’ll want to keep reading to make the best purchasing decision you can.
The beauty of these gifts is that they can be complex or simple. They can be highly customized, or something a little less rare. Intricate cuts are more easily possible. It also can mean that production time is reduced compared to cutting or engraving by hand. While there are an increasing number of personalization services available, you will want to select the service that’s right for you. Factors to consider include materials, design, time to delivery, and whether you enjoy working with the company or person who is creating the item for you.
When selecting laser cut gifts, it’s probably a good idea to see samples before buying. Even if you’re planning on a one of a kind piece, it’s a good idea to see samples of other work. Questions to ask include:
- the type of wood or material used
- what kind of stain or paint was used
- what fonts and designs are available,
- how the piece is finished (such as if it’s safe for outdoor use- or not), and
- whether the piece comes with the necessary hardware to hang or mount it.
Laser Engraved Gifts
Laser engraved gifts can be general goods (tumblers, cutting boards, coasters) which have been customized and personalized. Modern machines can engrave on a variety of materials, including marble, stone, tile, leather, rubber, and wood. The more powerful the machine, the thicker wood it can cut, and, possibly, the deeper it can engrave. Laser cut gifts typically refer to items which have been fully cut by the laser- think earrings, or leather patches, but it can also refer to laser etching of glass. It can get confusing, and usually laser cut, laser engraved, and laser made are used interchangeably.
The great thing is that you can find a commonly available item- like a tumbler, cutting board or coaster, and with a bit of engraving, turn it into a one-of-a-kind personalized gift.
You can see examples of what I mean by viewing this laser engraved coaster set and this laser engraved slate tray. In this case, commonly available items (such as the slate coasters and the slate tray) were personalized and customized to create a special gift. These kinds of gifts are both practical and meaningful.
How to Choose a Laser Cut Gift
When deciding on a laser cut gift, be sure to choose a reputable vendor who can show you samples and who will answer your questions. If you are choosing a ready-made item to have engraved or customized, ask about the materials used, pricing, and turnaround to fulfill your order.
If you are choosing a one of a kind laser made gift, then you’ll want to make sure the vendor/artist’s style is a good fit for what you need. Ask to see samples of other relevant pieces they’ve done, and don’t be afraid to ask questions when you need more information. Do realized that highly unique pieces will likely cost more and also take more time to complete. Plan accordingly.
Is laser art handmade?
I think so. It takes skill, heart, dedication and creativity to create these gifts. The laser is just like any other tool; it creates beautiful things through the focus and vision of the person operating it.
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