New Year, New Projects: Ultimate List Of 50 Laser Cutting Ideas

Custom Products Made From The 10 Most Popular Materials Of 2016

Happy New Year Makers!

As the calendar flips a page, there are 365 new days for making your next laser cutting ideas. What will you make (and profit from) using the precision and consistency of a laser cutter this year?

To fire up your creativity, we’ve scoured the best Etsy shops and the web to find the sweetest custom laser cut project ideas from top designers.

And to make it super easy, we’ve paired these amazing designs with the top 10 most popular laser cutting materials from the past year so you can successfully create your own products for 2017.

Clear Acrylic - 3.0 mm

1. Clear Acrylic – 3.0 mm

Top Quality: Engraves Beautifully

Why is clear acrylic the #1 choice of makers in 2016? Because of how well it reacts to laser cutting. The surface of this thermoplastic engraves with a nice frosty finish that catches light wonderfully, and the edges melt smoothly rather than burning like wooden materials.

It’s also a staple material choice because of its versatility. You can make anything from jewelry, tableware and electronics enclosures to conference badges, signage, book covers, point of sale displays—and these ideas are just the tip of the iceberg of potential uses. And since you can heat acrylic to give it a bend, you can give your laser cutting projects a boost by taking it beyond the constraints of two dimensions.

Finally, acrylic is budget friendly, making it an economical alternative to glass. Clear acrylic is also less expensive than other acrylic colors, which only helps sweeten the appeal.

Feel free to write your own tips about this material.

And here are five products made from your most popular material:

SturlesiDesign Shop uses laser cut clear acrylic modules when creating the iLLuminite collection.Laser cut clear acrylic pendant lights from SturlesiDesign Shop

Esty shop lesfollesmarquises showcases laser engraving on clear acrylic with Japanese doll pendants.Laser cut clear acrylic Japanese doll pendant necklaces from lesfollesmarquises

For any ornithologists in the house, this Clear Hanging Bird Feeder from Esty shop Artbirdfeeder combines utility with style.Laser cut clear acrylic birdhouses from Artbirdfeeder

For a taste of tech inspiration, head over to C4Lab’s Etsy shop to see why this Raspberry Pi case is so sweet.
Laser cut clear acrylic Raspberry Pi cases from C4Lab

Who says clear acrylic can’t have an air of haute couture? Fashion designer Joanna Vanderpuije has layered laser cut geometric shapes to give this skirt texture like no fabric can.Fashion skirt with laser cut clear acrylic applique from Joanna Vanderpuije

Amber Bamboo - 2.7 mm

2. Amber Bamboo – 2.7 mm

Top Quality: Natural Honey Tone

There’s so much to love about bamboo. It is a sustainable and eco-friendly material because of its fast growth. Once formed into sheets, it is plywood, which makes it strong and durable. It can be laser cut to a fine detail and engraves beautifully. And because of its thinness, it is quick—and thus more economical—to laser cut.

Bamboo is also super versatile. Makers use it for jewelry, tableware, electronics enclosures, conference badges, signage, book covers and point of sale displays.

Bamboo’s prominent grain and warm hues make it stand out from a myriad of other plywoods and timber laminates. And the warm color of the amber stain makes it ideal for projects with a nature theme. Artist, designer and Ponoko maker Bridget Kearney has created an entire line of earrings, brooches and pendants made exclusively from bamboo. See her work, which is inspired by travels through the countryside collecting flora and fauna, at Caravan Creative.

Add to the discussion by writing your own tips about this popular material.

For inspiration, here are five products made using this bamboo:

Feeling crafty? Check out these geometric wooden cabochons from Etsy seller CraftyCutsLaser.
Laser cut bamboo cabochons from CraftyCutsLaser

You’ll never drink tea alone with The Tea Buddy™ from Esty Seller TheOtherLabs.Laser cut bamboo Tea Buddy from TheOtherLabs

Etsy seller LHDUCK hand paints sections of these laser cut bamboo earrings to add a pop of color against the natural wood tones.Laser cut bamboo earrings from LHDUCK

Plant lovers will turn green from envy upon seeing Etsy shop MGreenhalghDesigns terrarium and scallop necklaces.Laser cut bamboo necklaces from MGreenhalghDesigns

Etsy Seller GeekModish makes trendy things for geeky people. Embrace #nerdpride with the math and periodic table coaster sets.Laser cut bamboo coaster sets from GeekModish

Birch Plywood - 3.2 mm

3. Birch Plywood – 3.2 mm

Top Quality: Budget Friendly

Birch plywood is made from laminations of birch veneer. It is lightweight but strong, among the strongest and most dimensionally stable plywoods. It has a great price point and is commonly used for making laser cut scale models, jewelry, model boats, model airplanes, product housings, drones, clocks, prototypes and signage.

Feel free to write your own tips about this popular material.

And checkout these five products using birch:

Etsy seller OrigamiZoo has taken the inspiration from the geometric shapes of origami to create a line of playful products, such as these laser engraved birch necklaces.Laser cut birch origami-inspired necklaces from OrigamiZoo

By using laser cut birch as the foundation, Etsy shop JSLaserCraft creates eye catching wedding save-the-date invitation tags and magnets that leave a lasting impression as a charming memento for guests.Laser cut birch wedding save-the-date invitation tags and magnets from JSLaserCraft

An unexpected addition to any wardrobe, this laser cut birch wood necktie from Etsy seller CreativeUseofTech is an attractive accessory for today’s modern man.Laser cut birch necktie from CreativeUseofTech

This trio of laser cut birch hanging lamps, also from Etsy seller CreativeUseofTech, cast the perfect glow and create an ambiance of warmth in any space.Laser cut birch hanging lamps from CreativeUseofTech

The “Hairwolf,” from Etsy shop miniFab, will tame the most epic of beards with its wide, long teeth laser cut from beautiful birch.Laser cut birch beard comb from miniFab

Birch Veneer - 5.2 mm

4. Birch Veneer – 5.2 mm

Top Quality: Thicker Yet Economical

When you need thicker wood for your laser cutting projects, this is the top choice. Like it’s thinner companion, this birch is commonly used for making product housings, drones, clocks, prototyping, furniture and signage. Because birch is a natural product, keep in mind that there may be an occasional knot on the surface. It’s part of the beauty of wood, but this characteristic can potentially impact the design.

Add to the discussion by writing your own tips about this popular material.

Plus see this material used to make these five products:

The six-pack beer case from Etsy seller nygaarddesign makes a great laser cut gift for beer connoisseurs.Laser cut birch beer case from nygaarddesign

With the laser cut Star Wars Millennium Falcon inspired wall clock from Etsy shop HamsterCheeksStore, the force will be with you.
Laser cut birch Star Wars Millennium Falcon inspired wall clock from HamsterCheeksStore

Who would want to see chess legends Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov square off in an epic match with this laser cut birch chess set designed by Matthew LivaudaisLaser cut birch chess set from Matthew Livaudais

Shout out from Etsy shop TwikiConcept to all the ’90s kids with this nostalgic laser cut birch key holder that features three coins from your favorite old school games.Laser cut birch key holder from TwikiConcept

A must-have for any harmonica player, this laser cut birch storage case box from Etsy seller BrassandBirch keeps the instruments organized by key.

 

Black Acrylic - 3.0 mm

5. Black Acrylic – 3.0 mm

Top Quality: Classic Black

Black acrylic is a classic favorite. Why? Because engraving looks soooo good on this material. The frosty white engraving contrasts beautifully with black. Jewelry is one of the top laser cut products from black acrylic, but it also looks smashing for anything that requires a sophisticated, sleek palette—tableware, electronics enclosures, conference badges, signage, book covers, point of sale displays, etc. And if your design includes interlocking pieces, check out this tutorial that covers how-to make it happen.

Feel free to write your own tips about this popular material.

What could you make using this material? Here are five product examples:

Etsy seller CABfayre used black laser cut acrylic to create pendant featuring two little love birds kissing in the center of a heart filled scallop-edged oval.Laser cut black acrylic love bird necklace from CABfayre

As if cake wasn’t delicious enough on its own, Etsy shop LoveGarlands’ laser cut black acrylic cake topper really makes us want to celebrate.Laser cut black acrylic cake topper from LoveGarlands

It’s ok to leave your cape at home as long as you’re carrying the laser cut black acrylic Batman or Superman silhouette keychain from Etsy seller SolPixieDust.Laser cut black acrylic Batman and Superman keychains from SolPixieDust

Laser cut black acrylic honeycomb earring from Etsy shop liseLOVE add a modern, geometric statement to any outfit.Laser cut black acrylic honeycomb earrings from liseLOVE

Make a lasting impression with laser cut black acrylic business cards from RockDesign.Laser cut black acrylic business cards from RockDesign

Matte Black Acrylic - 3.0 mm

6. Matte Black Acrylic – 3.0 mm

Top Quality: Sophisticated Texture

Matte black acrylic is a close second to traditional black acrylic and is used when you want a silky satin finish that doesn’t reflect everything. Engraving contrasts well on matte black acrylic too, making it perfect for jewelry, tableware, electronics enclosures, conference badges, signage, book covers and point of sale displays.

Add to the discussion by writing your own tips about this popular material.

And what do you think of these 5 black acrylic products:

Etsy shop SkullAndHawk uses laser cut black matte acrylic to create lapel pins/tie tacks and cufflinks.Laser cut matte black acrylic lapel pins, tie tack and cufflinks from SkullAndHawk

If you’re looking to make a statement, this geometric statement necklace made from laser cut black matte acrylic from Etsy seller PrettyUrbanCo should do the trick.Laser cut matte black acrylic statement necklace from PrettyUrbanCo

Laser cut black matte acrylic makes great signage. This one from Etsy seller HopStudio will have you shouting YAY!” Laser cut matte black acrylic YAY sign from HopStudio

A subtle way to raise a smile, the laser cut Smile necklace from Etsy’s RoseThomasShop is a contemporary and fun piece made from matte black acrylic.Laser cut matte black acrylic smile necklace from RoseThomasShop

If you want to power up your fashion game, check out these laser cut black matte acrylic Pac-Man earrings from Etsy seller muchoshop.Laser cut matte black acrylic Pac-Man earrings from muchoshop.

Amber Bamboo - 6.7 mm

7. Amber Bamboo – 6.7 mm

Top Quality: Sustainability

When you need a thicker bamboo for those bigger projects—such as this award-winning modern birdhouse—look no further than the three-ply 6.7mm bamboo. As a plywood, it’s nice and strong. Since bamboo is 100% renewable, it’s an ideal choice for the eco-friendly crowd.

The amber color is a golden brown with a fine grain. The bamboo joints are visible on the surface, breaking up the grain to create a unique appearance. And like the thinner bamboo materials, you can also make jewelry, tableware, electronics enclosures, conference badges, signage, book covers and point of sale displays from this thickness as well.

Feel free to write your own tips about this popular material.

Plus here are five product examples to inspire you:

Laser cut bamboo signs make a statement. This modern and motivational art piece from Etsy shop Cabin will inspire you to have a beautiful day.Laser cut bamboo signs from Cabin

Check out this custom coat hanger from bridenew.

Etsy seller ElectricElmDesign makes wedding cake toppers from laser cut bamboo to celebrate happily ever after.Laser cut bamboo wedding cake toppers from ElectricElmDesign

Telling time has never been so much fun as with these laser cut bamboo clocks from Etsy shop HOMELOO.Laser cut bamboo clocks from HOMELOO

Designer Andy Shen uses interlocking pieces of laser cut bamboo to create Booboo drones.Laser cut bamboo drone from Andy Shen

Corrugated Cardboard - 4.0 mm

8. Corrugated Cardboard – 4.0 mm

Top Quality: Ideal For Prototyping

Cardboard is a great choice when creating prototypes of designs, as it is inexpensive and cuts quickly. Creating structures from corrugated cardboard can be a great way to test out complex designs because slotting, stacking and folding shapes all work well to create 3D forms.

But don’t think that cardboard is limited to prototyping. With the right inspiration, it is sophisticated enough to stand on its own. See these 20 designs and you’ll know why.

While cardboard has a lot of great applications, keep in mind that it isn’t great for super intricate designs. And you’ll want to keep it away from heat sources unless the cardboard is treated with an environmentally friendly fire retardant because it catches fire easily!

Add to the discussion by writing your own tips about this popular material.

Check out these five products made from card:

Inspired by the sculptural and infinite layers of the American Grand Canyon, architect Giancarlo Zema merged high design with recycled cardboard to create an innovative collection called Canyon for Origami Furniture.Laser cut cardboard furniture by Origami Furniture

Graypants’ flagship Scraplight series of laser cut cardboard pendant lights provides warm, intimate and functional lighting for any occasion or type of space.Laser cut cardboard lighting by Graypants

Aidan Chopra created the most epic Halloween costume for his son using laser cut cardboard.Laser cut cardboard costume by Aidan Chopra

Named “Not A Box,” this lamp by David Graas uses it’s own laser cut cardboard packaging as the lampshade.Laser cut cardboard lamp by David Graas

He also designed this innovative “FIY” (Finish It Yourself) children’s chair, which he describes as “one step beyond Do It Yourself” since it incorporates the cardboard packaging with the laser cut chair pieces.Laser cut cardboard children’s chair by David Graas

White Acrylic - 3.0 mm

9. White Acrylic – 3.0 mm

Top Quality: Great For Detail

With black acrylic making the list (twice!), you shouldn’t be surprised to see white acrylic make the list too because it such a classic, neutral color. Acrylic cuts precisely, so you can create beautifully intricate designs with this material. This is probably why so much jewelry is made from acrylic. But it’s also suitable for tableware, electronics enclosures, conference badges, signage, book covers and point of sale displays.

Feel free to write your own tips about this popular material.

And here’s this material used to make these five products:

Etsy seller BenditaIndomina found inspiration for this laser cut white acrylic necklace from dragonfly wings.Laser cut white acrylic dragonfly necklace from BenditaIndomina

These laser cut white (and black!) acrylic bunny rings are a part of Etsy shop NocturneDesignsCut’s “cute animals” series.Laser cut white acrylic bunny rings from NoctureDesignsCut

Etsy seller decoylab adds laser cut white acrylic atop bamboo bases to create one-of-a-kind clocks.Laser cut white acrylic and bamboo clocks from decoylab

Artist Sandra Fettingis uses laser cut white acrylic to create geometric wall hangings.Laser cut white acrylic artwork from Sandra Fettingis

White laser cut acrylic placemats from Etsy shop ByCharlie add sophistication and elegance to any table setting with diverse patterns inspired by old fashioned paper doilies to fish scales.Laser cut white acrylic placemats from ByCharlie

Natural MDF - 6.0 mm

10. MDF – 6.0 mm

Top Quality: Easy To Glue & Paint For 3D Designs

Another budget-friendly material, MDF has a warm golden tone and a smooth texture that makes it easy to glue and paint with pretty much anything. It’s great for creating complex 3D forms, so it lends itself well to making models, drones, clocks, prototypes, furniture and signage. Check out this previous post for even more laser cut project ideas.

Add to the discussion by writing your own tips about this popular material.

And here are five products made from the 10th most popular laser cutting material from 2016:

Inspired by historical industry lighting, the No.19 industrial lamp from Etsy shop HetLichtlab is designed to be assembled without screws or glue—using as minimal resources as possible.Laser cut MDF lighting from HetLichtlab

Flat pack animal heads from Etsy seller TheCraftyCowLtd keep animals safe by being made from laser cut MDF.Laser cut MDF flat pack animal heads from TheCraftyCowLtd

Etsy shop CedarStreetDesign pushes the limits of what laser cutting can do with its intricate mesmerizing patterns on this surprisingly sturdy MDF box.Laser cut MDF decorative boxes from CedarStreetDesign

The laser cut curved lines and organic shape of the Pendant Antler by Etsy seller Lampshapers create a natural, yet modern, aesthetic.Laser cut MDF lighting from Lampshapers

The beautifully stylized scale models from Etsy shop ScaledDimensions embraces Filipino ingenuity while creating a one-of-a-kind, modern sculpture that it is the perfect laser cut gift for art lovers and miniature enthusiasts.Laser cut MDF scale models from ScaledDimensions

What Have We Learned From This List Of Popular Laser Cutting Materials?

A great price makes all the difference to you, so we’ll be on the hunt for even more budget-friendly options as we continue to introduce new materials throughout 2017.

Got suggestions of what materials you’d like to see? Let us know your new material suggestions here.

Got pics of your creations? We’d love to see them. Mention @Ponoko on Twitter or give us a shout on Facebook.

And if 50 products were not enough inspiration for your next laser cutting project, check out this previous post of 100 awesome designs for even more laser cut gift ideas.

 

After Christmas Sale: 30% Off 1 Day Only

Happy Boxing Day Makers! Since we’re still in the holiday spirit, do we have a deal for you: 30% off the making cost of laser cutting orders placed on Monday, December 26, 2016.

This special offer is good for one laser cutting order from your USA or NZ Free Personal Factory account only (not Prime accounts), and it cannot be used in conjunction with any other vouchers or promotions. The usual costs for materials, shipping, speed upgrades, samples and showroom orders apply as normal.

Don’t miss our final sale of the year. To make it happen, log in and enter this coupon code—89CT96—at checkout.

Happy Making!

Buy One Get One: The Ultimate Last-Minute Gift

Buy A Gift Voucher, Get A FREE Making Coupon—But Only Until 11:59 pm PST Sunday December 24, 2016

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So, you’ve waited until the last minute. It’s ok. We don’t judge. You can still have a Maker’s Christmas after all. With a little help from Voucher Claus.

Voucher Claus is kinda like Santa’s crazy uncle. Every family has one, right? And you can’t help but love them…especially when they give the most amazing presents: Ponoko Gift Vouchers.

But these Gift Vouchers come with a little something extra from the North Pole:

Buy a Gift Voucher by 11:59 pm PST Saturday December 24 –> Get a FREE Making Coupon!

  • Buy $1,000+ of Gift Vouchers – get a FREE $500 Making Coupon
  • Buy $500 – $999 of Gift Vouchers – get a FREE $225 Making Coupon
  • Buy $250 – $499 of Gift Vouchers – get a FREE $110 Making Coupon
  • Buy $100 – $249 of Gift Vouchers – get a FREE $40 Making Coupon
  • Buy $50 – $99 of Gift Vouchers – get a FREE $20 Making Coupon
  • Buy $25 – $49 of Gift Vouchers – get a FREE $10 Making Coupon

Voucher Vs. Coupon: What’s The Difference?

A “Gift Voucher” is good for any part of a make-it-yourself laser cutting order: The making, the materials and the shipping costs. And they NEVER expire.

A “Making Coupon” is good for the making costs only (read: the actual laser cutting). And they expire within three months.

The Finer Details

Both the Gift Vouchers and Making Coupons are valid for Ponoko USA & NZ Free & Prime account orders. They are NOT valid for 3D printing, PCM, making speed upgrades, Prime subscriptions, Samples or Showroom orders. You can use one Gift Voucher or Making Coupon redemption code per order. There’s no change given if the service cost is less than your voucher value. And they are not redeemable for cash.

Please see our Gift Voucher Guidelines and our Making Coupon Guidelines for all the important fine print.

How Can I Hack Ponoko’s Free Offer?

We makers are a creative bunch. Voucher Claus appreciates ingenuity, so this holiday season he is feeling super generous and has some tips for how to make the most of this special BOGO offer.

You might want to purchase Gift Vouchers in separate orders, rather than bundling them all into a single order. Check this out:

Voucher Hack Idea 1

If you buy $2,000 of Gift Vouchers in a single order, you receive a free $500 Making Coupon. But split that $2,000 Gift Voucher purchase into multiple orders—such as one Gift Voucher order for $1,000 plus another for $1,000—and you get free Making Coupons for $500 AND $500.

Yep, that’s a total of $1,000 for free, not just $500. Now that will make holidays happy!

Voucher Hack Idea 2

If you buy $75 of Gift Vouchers in a single order, you receive a free $20 Making Coupon. Split this into multiple orders again—such as Gift Voucher for $50 and another for $25—and you get free Making Coupons for $20 AND $10.

Score! That’s a total of $30 for free, not just $20.

Voucher Hack Idea 3

And if you’ve made a list, checked it twice, and have a lot of peeps on your nice list, you can buy $25,000 of Gift Vouchers in multiple orders—and you get the picture—you’ll get $12,500 of Making Vouchers. Yeah! Making for everyone!

Holidays Are Merrier With Making

If you know anyone who loves to make stuff, then you know someone who would love a Ponoko Gift Voucher. But it’s not all about them. Perhaps the best part of giving this gift is that you get a little something for yourself.

So what are you waiting for? Do that jolly ole fat man a solid. You have until 11:59 pm PST December 24 to do your last minute shopping here before Santa squeezes down your chimney.

Ho! Ho! Ho! Make! Make! Make!

 

The 12 Immutable Laws Of Event Marketing Swag: Law 10

Enhance Event Experience. With An Idea For Twitter.

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Events are all about experiences. No matter what form they take—from conventions and tradeshows to education summits, festivals and pop-up shops—events give brands a way to personally reach their target audience in a way no other marketing tactic can.

According to EventsEye, there are 10,867 tradeshows, exhibitions, conferences and business events worldwide—and this number continues to grow. With more competition to reach attendees combined with increased attendee expectations and sophistication, event producers have to be better at creating an amazing experience than ever before.

“Great marketing used to be about what you say to people,” says Kevin Jackson, director of ideas and innovation for The Experience Is The Marketing. “Now it’s about what you do for people. Giving customers a great event experience with compelling, entertaining and informative content acts as a product differentiator and shows that you understand your audience, are keen to build an emotional relationship with them and add value to their lives. The connection between ‘brand’ and ‘consumer’ is becoming stronger.”

Enhancing The Event Experience With Promotional Products

Branded merchandise is a natural accompaniment to events because promotional products engage the five senses to create an experience of their own. But there’s talk within the #eventprofs community about skipping swag altogether to focus funds on the experience.

In the article Give Attendees Experiences, Not Things, Adrian Segar writes:

“Branded pens, tee shirts, mugs, tote bags, water bottles and other tchotchkes are scattered around my home, piled on shelves, and eventually consigned to oblivion without a thought. Yes, it’s hard to attend a typical conference and not walk away with schwag. All these promotional ‘things’ cost organizers and sponsors significant money. Is this the best way to spend money on attendees? I’d argue that giving relevant, immersive, interactive experiences instead of presents leads to superior long-term outcomes for both participants and conference stakeholders.”

Segar isn’t entirely wrong. If the items are generic, commodity products that don’t embrace the DNA of the brand and are given without a strategy, then what’s the point? Giving away products simply for the sake of having something to give away isn’t a smart use of resources. And this can ultimately have a negative effect on a brand, especially if the items are of substandard quality and/or conflict with what the brand stands for.

We believe event swag should be reinvented—from the initial design right down to how it is presented to recipients. That’s why we took on a challenge to design actual product ideas for event giveaways for some of the world’s best tech brands as examples. The goal is to create truly custom promotional products that fit the example brand like a glove by baking in the DNA of the brand + audience + event.

Additionally, the products designed must achieve a measureable marketing goal, be different from every other promotional product at the event (read: be different than the competition), be different from every other promotional product the brand has used at events before, and it must be packable in carry on luggage—because what good is it if recipients can’t take it home with them!

Keep in mind there is no endorsement of any products by the brands represented. We’re simply trying to tell a story of what IS possible by using brands and events that you know and understand. So check this out:

Event Marketing Swag Idea: Framed Printed Tweet

The Brand: Twitter
The Event: Web Summit – Content Makers
The Audience: Content Marketing Managers
The Marketing Goal: Create word of mouth on social media during and/or after the event

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How will we consume and create content in 10 years’, five years’ or even a year’s time? Web Summit – ContentMakers connects the world’s largest media and entertainment companies with disruptive new brands, platforms, investors and creators, giving them a platform to ask these hard questions.

Web Summit’s size (21 conferences under one roof) and number of attendees (53,000+) make it quite the experience just by sheer numbers alone. So how can brands contribute to the overall experience while creating a unique experience of their own?

Event attendees love to document their experience, so it’s no surprise that photo-based activities are on the rise. While digital pics give instant gratification, they also end up in a digital abyss often never to be seen again. So what if you could capture the experience instantly AND have something tangible as a memento?

The lifespan of a tweet is only 18 minutes. But there are some that you wish you could capture a bit more permanently—perhaps the witty quip that was retweeted by a celeb or maybe the one with the photo of your BFFs.

If Twitter were to attend Web Summit, it could create an interactive printed tweet station where attendees could literally print and frame their fave 140 characters.

The Tweet Printer is a small camera-sized printer with a display that allows users to print out a tweet like an instant camera. It is connected to a mobile device, and from this device a tweet could be selected from the user’s own feed or from another user’s feed. The tweet selected could be anything funny, interesting or nostalgic that the user might want to display at home or in the office.

The printer prints out on ZINK sticker paper (as used in many popular “instant” type photo cameras). If the tweet includes an image, the photo would be used as the background for the tweet. Once printed, the pic would be packaged in a laser cut frame for durability and ease of transport.

Why does this idea work? Because printing tweets would be a fun and interesting way to grab the attention of content marketers, drawing them into the Twitter booth so they can mingle with Twitter staff. The interactive nature of the camera would spark conversations about effective social media marketing as well as create a fun and new way for people who use social media marketing every day interact with Twitter. It creates an experience in the booth, which translates to positive memories every time attendees look at their framed tweets.

Make Events Memorable By Tapping Into Emotions

Once an event is over, you may not remember every speaker you hear, or what hors d’oeuvres were served or what booths you visited. But you will remember how you felt about the overall experience. Tapping into those feeling is what turns an average event into an amazing one. And it all starts with planning.

“The difference between good and freaking awesome events is in the planning,” says Julius Solaris, editor of EventManagerBlog.com, in the article 5 Feelings That Make The Event Magic Happen. “Event planning is seen by the outside world as a mechanical process for control freaks and coffee addicts. But reducing event planning to a mechanical exercise that just requires budgeting, team control and crisis management usually results in mediocrity. Well-planned events that are simply boring. It’s feelings that make events outstanding. While feelings are almost always the result of co-creation and interaction in the event setting, we can incorporate them into the event planning process to make our audience have superbly engaging experiences.”

While the focus of Solaris’ article is more about logistics and overall event dynamics, his comments apply to event swag as well.

For some reason, selecting event swag is often put off (or flat forgotten) until the last minute. Then there’s a panicked “I must have some kind of giveaway!” moment, and a quick product search in a catalog or online ensues.

But this late in the process, strategy is forgone and you must settle for what’s available in a rush. And this typically means a generic product picked out of a catalog. No design. No alignment with brand DNA. And no emotions to tap into to create a sincere experience.

By incorporating event swag early into your event planning process, you can design products that have the specific purpose of evoking an emotional response that complements the overall experience you want to create.

So what do you think? How does creating an experience impact the way promotional products are designed and used at events? How does this approach improve event swag?

Let’s get the conversation started. We’d love your feedback and constructive criticism in the comments. Also let us know what promotional products you’ve received that have really made you say “WOW!” Got ideas on what event swag you’ve never seen but would love to receive? Let us know that, too.

Creating really special swag that recipients will keep and use facilitates how they remember the great event experience and strengthens the overall brand connection.

Solaris says, “Emotion without planning is a missed opportunity, so always use emotions as the great condiment of a perfectly planned event.” Sounds delicious to us.

 

Measuring Success: Maker Crushes Kickstarter Goal By 2,087%

The Secret Behind The Elegant Instrument That Measures The Golden Ratio

Sir Edward Victor Appleton, 1947 Nobel Laureate in physics, said: “The golden ratio is the key to universal physics.” And for Scott Onstott, founder of SIPS Productions Inc., the golden ratio is the key to a Kickstarter campaign success story that had this maker crushing his initial goal to raise $1,618 by 2087%.

The Golden Ratio Is Everywhere (Even If You Don’t Know It)

From great works of art down to the credit card in your wallet, the golden ratio is everywhere. In mathematical terms, the ratio is 1:1.618. While these numbers may not hold much meaning to the casual observer, they have been studied by scholars for centuries.

“Some of the greatest mathematical minds of all ages, from Pythagoras and Euclid in ancient Greece, through the medieval Italian mathematician Leonardo of Pisa and the Renaissance astronomer Johannes Kepler, to present-day scientific figures such as Oxford physicist Roger Penrose, have spent endless hours over this simple ratio and its properties,” says Israeli astrophysicist Mario Livio. “But the fascination with the Golden Ratio is not confined just to mathematicians. Biologists, artists, musicians, historians, architects, psychologists and even mystics have pondered and debated the basis of its ubiquity and appeal. In fact, it is probably fair to say that the Golden Ratio has inspired thinkers of all disciplines like no other number in the history of mathematics.”

Kickstarting The Golden Ratio

Scott has followed the work of these thinkers in his use of the golden ratio. A graduate of University of California at Berkeley with a degree in architecture, he has written and self-published seven books about the Secrets In Plain Sight, a series that documents his ongoing research, unique discoveries and sacred geometry artwork. He has also produced a Secrets in Plain Sight film series profiling patterns found in art, architecture and the cosmos—which has now been viewed by millions.

“After having written two books on the golden ratio—the first an introductory illustrated book, and the second revealing how Leonardo Da Vinci used the golden ratio as the underlying structure of his paintings—I wanted a way for people to discover the golden ratio in the natural world, in human-made artifacts surrounding them, and to purposefully encode the golden ratio in the things people make,” Scott explains. “I created a unique set of golden ratio calipers, The Proportioner, which does exactly that.”

Due to its precise geometric design, the Proportioner’s middle pointer always proportionally indicates the golden ratio with respect to the width of the outer arms (aka, the whole).

Like many makers, Scott wanted to test the demand for his product before going into full production. So he started a Kickstarter campaign to bring the Proportioner to life.

Not knowing what to expect, he started with a modest goal—$1,618—a nod to the number that started it all. With a funding period of August 29 – October 1, 2016, Scott raised $33,772 from 543 backers in that brief 33 days—totally crushing the original goal by 2087%.

Building The Perfectly Proportioned Proportioner

While the Proportioner may seem like a simple tool, making this elegant instrument was far from easy.

Scott initially considered 3D printing, CNC or water-jet cutting to make his golden ratio calipers with a unique magnetic hinge, but none of these manufacturing options were as well suited as laser cutting for what he wanted to make.

“High quality laser cutting turns out dimensionally accurate parts every time,” Scott says. “My device has interference-t magnets where the tolerance is a few hundredths of an inch. The magnets must fit perfectly every time. There is no way to replicate this by hand or by using woodworking machines. Because of these extremely precise small-scale details, laser cutting was the obvious choice.”

And while he did try other laser cutting services before finding Ponoko, he made the switch because of the easy-to-use web interface and choice of materials. “None of the other laser cutting services had the right material for what I wanted to make,” Scott says. “I like the feel of wood rather than metal or acrylic in the hand, and Ponoko has the 3.5mm thick premium veneered MDF that suited my project perfectly.”

Scott determined that using the premium walnut veneer surrounding a medium density fiberboard core on top and bottom was the best option for his calipers. “This materials ‘sandwich’ is far stronger and dimensionally stable compared to Baltic birch and other plywoods,” he explains. “The hard veneer layers help the Proportioner arms slide smoothly and they are quite attractive. The MDF core doesn’t warp, bend or twist like plywood does, an important consideration for the long slender arms in my device.”

Once he had made the materials decision, the next challenge for Scott was figuring out how to pack the maximum number of parts needed on the given sheet size to keep his costs in check. “The arms of the Proportioner are complex curves and optimally tiling them is non-trivial,” he says. “Having no automated way to do this, I did a lot of trial and error in AutoCAD until I ultimately was able to fit 25 Proportioners per sheet.”

In addition to creating the calipers, Scott designed a magnetic stand to hold them. The stand is assembled without tools, simply by pressing the finger joint together at a right angle. Micro bevels laser-cut into the finger joint ensure a snug fit. What’s cool about the stand is that it not only provides a convenient place to store the Proportioner, but it also converts the instrument into an attractive small sculpture when not in use.

Discovering The Golden Ratio In Your World

Open any art history book, and you’ll see that many old masters structured their compositions using the golden ratio, although this fact continues to largely go unrecognized.

See how Leonardo da Vinci used the golden ratio to create Bacchus (formerly Saint John The Baptist), while Michelangelo located the divine spark in The Creation Of Adam using the divine proportion.

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But the golden ratio isn’t limited to works of art; it can also be found in the more mundane. Just look at the structure of the ebony and ivory keys on the piano, or the configuration of vinyl records. Who knew making music had such beautiful mathematical proportions.

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Scott says the golden ratio is the most succinct mathematical expression of the Hermetic concept, “As above, so below.” And he hopes that Proportioner users will feel empowered to discover the golden ratio for themselves in the natural world and in human-made objects.

Robert Lawlor, author of Sacred Geometry: Philosophy & Practice, said: “The golden ratio is a reminder of the relatedness of the created world to the perfection of its source and of its potential future evolution.” With the Proportioner, that creation just got easier.

 

The 12 Immutable Laws Of Event Marketing Swag: Law 9

Don’t Forget Presentation. With An Idea For Dropbox.

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Packaging. It’s often taken for granted as merely something that protects a product during transit and stacks nicely on store shelves. Yes, it’s functional. But it does so much more.

Packaging is what consumers see before they actually get to the product. It must present the brand’s message so convincingly that buyers select this product over all others.

While this brand messaging is often conveyed through words, it can also be communicated through colors and the shape of the packaging. Think about Tiffany’s, known worldwide for its signature blue boxes.

It was Charles Lewis Tiffany who mandated that the coveted boxes could only be acquired with a Tiffany purchase. As reported by the New York Sun in 1906, “Tiffany has one thing in stock that you cannot buy of him for as much money as you may offer, he will only give it to you. And that is one of his boxes.” Tiffany Blue Boxes make hearts beat faster and epitomize Tiffany’s great heritage of elegance, exclusivity and flawless craftsmanship.

Mr. Tiffany understood the power of giving a product as a gift. And you know this power, too.

When it’s your friend’s birthday, do you simply hand him or her a gift with a “here ya go” attitude? Of course not. You wrap the item in tissue and package it in a gift bag or a box. You add a bow and a card. You include these little extras because you want them to feel special. You know the presentation of the gift can mean as much as what’s inside.

Need more proof? Check out this video when a three-year-old girl receives a paper clip as a gift from her mom who was doing an experiment to see if she could make any everyday item become special. It’s packaged in a pretty gift box, and the little girl’s eyes light up when she receives it. The presentation was so special that she knew whatever was inside must be special too.

The Power Of Packaging With Promotional Products

The importance of packaging is so clearly demonstrated with consumer purchases and occasions for gift giving. Why, then, is presentation so often dismissed or forgotten when it comes to B2B?

Case in point: How many times have you been to an event where a company representative reaches into a brown craft box, grabs the promotional item and hands it out? What kind of impression does this give? How does it make you feel as a recipient? Even the coolest product loses appeal when very little thought is given to presentation.

Flip this scenario around: What if you were at an event where a company gives promotional gifts that are packaged in an attractive gift box. It could be the very same item distributed en masse in the above example, but the presentation makes you feel different as a recipient.

So why not take a hint from Tiffany’s signature blue box and create a packaging plan to complement the promotional gifts you give? How would this change the perception of traditional swag?

To find out, we took on a challenge to design an actual packaging idea for an event giveaway using a well-known tech brands as an example. The goal is to create truly custom packaging for promotional products that fit the example brand like a glove by baking in the DNA of the brand + audience + event.

Additionally, the designed promotional product and its respective packaging must achieve a measureable marketing goal, be different from every other promotional gift presentation at the event (read: be different than the competition), be different from every other promotional packaging the brand has used at events before, and it must be packable in carry-on luggage—because what good is it if recipients can’t take it home with them!

Keep in mind there is no endorsement of any products by the brands represented. We’re simply trying to tell a story of what IS possible by using brands and events that you know and understand. So check this out:

Event Marketing Swag Idea: Gift Boxed USB Drive

The Brand: Dropbox
The Event: GSMA Mobile World Congress
The Audience: Chief Information Officers
The Marketing Goal: Create a more loyal relationship between the brand and VIP customers

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The mobile industry continues to be characterized by high levels of growth and opportunity, and as the industry becomes more dynamic, the opportunities within it increase in equal amount, as do the challenges. Looking toward a future with such an enormous scope requires a massive annual gathering: The GSMA Mobile World Congress.

The four-day event includes exhibitions—with everything from virtual reality, new handsets and ingenious app ideas to 3D printing, privacy protection and backend solutions—as well as hundreds of speakers from consumer brands, mobile organizations, mobile operators and industries touched by the mobile market such as advertising, banking, health, NGOs, entertainment and education. Additionally, industry partners provide events, user conferences, trainings and forums covering many topics in the mobile ecosystem, from advertising, banking and gaming to health, education and media.

With 100,00+ attendees and 2,200+ exhibitors, how do you stand out among the mobile industry’s most influential brands? With a great message…and a little help from promotional products.

Data security is a significant issue for any company, and Dropbox is all about ease and security of data access. If Dropbox attended Mobile World Congress, it could use a secure USB flash drive packaged in a custom gift box that not only protects the drive but also furthers brand messaging with its design.

CIOs are busy and have sensitive data that they need to access across devices and locations. A compact Dropbox branded USB dongle could be created to auto-configure to a Dropbox account when first plugged in, acting as a two-factor authentication device.

With increased security from the two-factor authentication provided by the dongle as well as the automatic connection (with password prompt) provided when plugged into any computer, this device is very convenient for security and time-saving file access.

Why does this idea work? The flash drive is useful and the dual authentication makes it even more functionally secure. But the packaging is what sets it apart and makes it feel like a gift.

Designing Packaging That Has Impact

“Packaging is powerful because it tells consumers why your product and brand are different,” says Joshua Conran in the Inc. article Why Your Product’s Packaging Is As Important As The Product Itself.

While the article is written for retail packaging, the principles apply equally to creating packaging around promotional gifts. His tips for designing packaging that makes an impact:

  1. Know your demographic.
  2. Make inexpensive packaging look chic and personalized.
  3. Make the package part of the experience.
  4. Consider eco-friendly options.

“Remember, your product’s packaging is meant to communicate a purpose: What your brand stands for and what it means for your customer,” he says. “Don’t miss this opportunity to create a lasting impression in the minds of your customers.” Read Conran’s entire article here.

So what do you think? How does packaging impact the way promotional products are designed and distributed? Would receiving swag that is presented as a gift make a bigger impact on you? Would you appreciate the gesture, and would you think more highly of the advertiser?

Let’s get the conversation started. We’d love your feedback and constructive criticism in the comments. Also let us know what promotional products you’ve received that have really made you say “WOW!” Got ideas on what event swag you’ve never seen but would love to receive? Let us know that, too.

The Roman philosopher Lucius Annaeus Seneca said: “A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.”

Instead of thinking of branded merchandise as solely a marketing tool, perhaps it’s wise to consider the implications of using promotional products as gifts. Rather than pushing advertising messages on an audience, pulling them into your brand’s world has a much different—and more appealing—experience.

 

This is the ninth in a series of 12 Immutable Laws Of Event Marketing Swag. For links to each law as they are published, check out the article that started it all: “How To Reinvent Your Event Swag Strategy: 12 Immutable Laws Of Event Marketing Swag.”

 

The 12 Immutable Laws Of Event Marketing Swag: Law 8

Add Personalization. With An Idea For Uber.

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Personalization. It’s not new to marketing. For years, salespeople have known that people psychologically respond to hearing or seeing their own names. From a digital perspective, Amazon has perfected the personalized shopping experience with its algorithms that predict what additional items you might like.

One aspect of personalization that isn’t discussed much, however, is with swag. Most promotional products are decorated with a company name and logo to be distributed en masse. And this can work brilliantly when you have a goal of building brand awareness to a large group of people.

But when you want to make a big impact with a small group of customers or prospects, then it’s time to get personal.

What’s In A Name: Making Swag More Personal

The underlying purpose of giving any promotional product is for recipients to love the gift so much that they keep it and use it—repeatedly seeing your logo (and subconsciously building brand recognition) in the process. It’s understood that the item must be useful and valuable to your target audience. One way to increase value is simple: Add the recipient’s name.

Put yourself in the recipient’s shoes: If something has your name on it, you are much more likely to keep it. And in the event you have a similar product, the one with your name makes it 100% unique to you, increasing the likelihood that it will be kept and used over the other items.

So if you have the opportunity to create promotional products with recipients’ names, such as for a VIPs at an event, then it would be marketing magic to create personalized swag. Right?

To find out, we took on a challenge to design actual product ideas for event giveaways for some of the world’s best tech brands as examples. The goal is to create truly custom promotional products that fit the example brand like a glove by baking in the DNA of the brand + audience + event.

Additionally, the products designed must achieve a measureable marketing goal, be different from every other promotional product at the event (read: be different than the competition), be different from every other promotional product the brand has used at events before, and it must be packable in carry on luggage—because what good is it if recipients can’t take it home with them!

Keep in mind there is no endorsement of any products by the brands represented. We’re simply trying to tell a story of what IS possible by using brands and events that you know and understand. So check this out:

Event Marketing Swag Idea: Uber Luggage Tag

The Brand: Uber
The Event: Web Summit – AutoTech
The Audience: IoT executives
The Marketing Goal: Create a more loyal relationship between the brand and VIP customers

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With the major advancements in autonomous vehicles, connected cars and the Internet of Things (IoT), Web Summit – AutoTech is the place to join the revolution redefining how we interact with everyday products. At the Summit, leaders will share their ideas on how the world is adapting to the new wave of products allowing us remote control over all aspects of our lives.

Saying this group is “tech-savvy” is a major understatement. So while promotional products that incorporate technology would certainly interest this group, not any ole tech product will do.

To appeal to this upper echelon, it makes sense to tap into the impact this connected IoT age will have on our lives. Designing a luggage tag that not only allows for live tracking of the device but is also personalized with the recipient’s name makes for a functional accessory that won’t soon be forgotten.

This kind of connected device embodies IoT and Uber’s philosophy of combining bits and atoms, making it a perfect tie-in to the Uber brand. Uber is technology that moves physical things from one place to another, be it people, packages or your lunch. The connected luggage tag expands on this idea allowing recipients to track their luggage as they travel the world.

Why does this idea work? People like the sound of their own name, and they like seeing it in print. It’s human nature. So when it’s on swag, the product is more likely to be kept and used—reinforcing the brand connection.

Personalization: The Bigger Picture

Of course, personalized marketing is about more than just knowing someone’s name, geography or some other generic segmentation attributes. “It is about delivering the right message, at the right time, in the right channel and with the right offer that resonates with the recipient,” says Tony Gray, senior director of the North American professional services at Webtrends. “It’s also an effort where results can be easily measured and evaluated. We call this contextual personalization. Using contextual personalization, companies have the opportunity to create customer messaging and experiences that are not just relevant, but appreciated.”

So while the focus of this article is on incorporating a recipient’s name on a promotional product, the underlying context is to do so in conjunction with the right message, at the right time, in the right channel in a way that resonates with recipients in meaningful way.

That’s why our goal—creating truly custom promotional products that fit brands like a glove by baking in the DNA of the brand + audience + event—is so important to changing the perceptions of what can be accomplished with branded merchandise.

So what do you think? How does personalization impact the way promotional products are designed? Would receiving personalized swag make a bigger impact on you? Would you appreciate the gesture, and would you think more highly of the advertiser?

Let’s get the conversation started. We’d love your feedback and constructive criticism in the comments. Also let us know what promotional products you’ve received that have really made you say “WOW!” Got ideas on what event swag you’ve never seen but would love to receive? Let us know that, too.

Seth Godin said, “Anticipated, personal and relevant advertising always does better than unsolicited junk.” We couldn’t agree more.

Event attendees know there will be a plethora of swag to be had. And while some of it will be anticipation-worthy, most, sadly, will not be. But this is where you have an opportunity.

What if your event swag is so rad that your fans can’t wait to attend just to see what you do next? What if you were able to personalize this swag to make an even bigger impact? And what if you could deliver such a relevant item that recipients would stand in line for it, share it on social media and use it often at home?

That’s the sweet spot where marketing magic happens. It’s not easy. If it were, then everyone would be doing it. But then again, you’re not everyone.

This is the eighth in a series of 12 Immutable Laws Of Event Marketing Swag. For links to each law as they are published, check out the article that started it all: “How To Reinvent Your Event Swag Strategy: 12 Immutable Laws Of Event Marketing Swag.”

Why We Love Laser Cut Matte Red, Blue & Purple Acrylics

New Materials in USA Catalog: 3 New Shades Of Matte Acrylic

Matte is the new smooth! With our new red, purple and light blue shades of matte acrylic, you can add a touch of luxury to your designs as well as a more diverse color palette.

Why We Love These Materials

These new colors are pretty sweet. No longer are you restricted to strong solid tones, now you have the option to use more subtle and refined colors in your designs.

What’s also great about these new acrylics is that they are matte on both sides, giving you an elegant textured finish that doesn’t show all those pesky fingerprints when handled.

Did we mention that they are translucent? This means you can rock them to diffuse light and play with a sense of depth in your designs.

With a 3mm thickness, these acrylics are perfect for lighting projects, jewelry, enclosures, signage, business cards, luggage tags, name badges or anything that needs a soft, matte finish.

Available Now – Matte Purple Acrylic

Need a color that’s better suited to your design sensibilities? …

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Check out our new Matte Purple Acrylic, it will have your designs looking like a gem. Here are some pretty nifty glasses that we remixed from the super cool designer ARTCAD on Thingiverse. Costumes and props have never looked so professional!

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Learn more about Matte Purple Acrylic and grab a Sample.

Available Now – Matte Red Acrylic

Matte red will have you spinning …

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Our new Matte Red Acrylic is one of those versatile colors that inspires playfulness and fun. We had a play with 123D Make and made a wee spinning top. Let’s be honest, any excuse to make a toy for work is a good one. What toys/puzzles would you like to make?

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Learn more about Matte Red Acrylic and buy a Sample.

Available Now – Matte Light Blue Acrylic

Blue like a sunny summer’s day …

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Our new Matte Light Blue Acrylic has such a subtle and pleasing color, we feel like cloud watching every time we look at it. Still on the 123D Make buzz, we whipped up the bowl pictured above. We think the translucent nature of the material complements the 3D form, to give it that extra point of interest.

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Learn more about Matte Light Blue Acrylic and purchase a Sample.

Now It’s Your Turn

What do you think would look great in these three new Matte Acrylics? We’d love to hear how these new colors and textures inspire you. Share by leaving a comment below.

Or get straight to making with these awesome new acrylics!

 

Why We Love Laser Cut Green Glass Acrylic

New Material In NZ Catalog: Green Glass Acrylic

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This popular material in the USA is now also available in NZ! Introducing laser cuttable ‘glass’ without the cost.

Why Green Glass Acrylic Is Amazing

Green glass acrylic is smooth on both sides and transparent, making it perfect for projects where the objective is to have the look of glass without the high price and pesky breakage issue.

The mini snowflakes above really take advantage of the icy, glass-like color you get with this material. But keep in mind that the smaller the design, the less green and more transparent it will look on the edges.

Green Glass Acrylic And A Samsung Camera

Because of the transparent nature of green glass acrylic, you can combine it with other materials to create one-of-a-kind displays like this one from Milos Paripovic.

This point-of-sale store display for a Samsung camera was laser cut and then mirror foil was fixed to the head so customers could simultaneously see the back side of the camera. The design is certainly an attention-getter, and what could be better camera holder than a hand!

Green Glass Acrylic On Etsy

How are Etsy sellers using green glass acrylic in their shops? Check out this mini greenhouse from 2of2.

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The little structure brings the outdoors in with an interior stand of tiny trees. The sleek geometric lines of this “glass-look” house are softened by the whimsy of the trees inside. A fun way to tap into the terrarium home décor trend.

Next, you won’t believe what OMGoshShop can do with green glass acrylic. Cut into the sensuous curve of the Kanagawa wave, this bracelet is based on the famous woodblock print by Hokusai.

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The waves, though they look ferocious, have been designed so that the tips won’t scratch or snag. The acrylic is etched, hand highlighted to emphasize the crashing waves, heated to 140+ degrees and then molded by hand. Unlike mass-made round bracelets, this cuff is oval and curves closely to the wrist making it comfortable for everyday wear.

Available Now – Green Glass Acrylic

This acrylic is clear with just a hint of green tint on the edges, giving you a subtle acrylic option versus the stronger colors available.

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Learn about Green Glass Acrylic details and get a Green Glass Acrylic Sample.

Now It’s Your Turn

You could clearly have tons of fun making with this new material. What ideas do you have? Tell us all about it by leaving a comment below. We have a $20 coupon for the best idea!

Final Deadline For Holiday Orders 2016

Make – With Added Speed – By December 12 For Guaranteed Delivery By Christmas

Did you miss our standard making deadline and still need stock for your ETSY store or gifts for your customers and team? Or did you go to the mall and realize you can’t get your mom another snowman sweater because she’ll disown you? Not to worry, you can receive your custom products before Christmas when you make by December 12 and upgrade to faster making and shipping speeds.

How To Guarantee Your Product Delivery Before The Holidays

Christmas is the busiest time of year for us, our suppliers & carriers, so things can take a little longer to make and ship than during the rest of the year. But no problem.

If you place your orders by 11:59 pm Monday December 12 with an Estimated Delivery Date by December 23, we guarantee they will reach you before Christmas Day.

And in the highly unlikely case that your merch doesn’t make it by the time “Silent Night” is sung, we’ll send you a credit equal to the sum of your order’s making, materials & making speed costs. It’s the least we can do.

How To Make Your Product Delivery Speed Faster Than A Cheetah

Just place your order as normal, then upgrade your making speed or shipping speed. And if you’re in a real rush, upgrade both speeds for the fastest possible delivery — made and delivered to you as fast as next day! This guide on how to upgrade your making speed will walk you through the process.

During checkout, just confirm the Estimated Delivery Date is by Friday, December 23. Easy peasy! And no lump of coal in your stocking!

What If I Miss This Final Deadline?

All orders placed after December 12 will be delivered on a best efforts basis. In past years, we have been able to get most orders done on time. (Santa’s elves would be proud!) We just can’t pinky swear guarantee it will get to you on time. As always, we’ll be sure to keep you updated. And if you have any questions about timeframes, contact us here.

What Are You Waiting For?!

Order before 11:59 pm PST December 12 and receive all your custom products for selling or personalized presents for gifting in time for your special celebrations.

And you’ll stay off the naughty list!