Introduction: Clay Business Cards

Since I'm looking for internships, I decided to focus on presenting myself in a more professional way. My portfolio is already online, now I only needed some business cards to lure people to my website.

Instead of printing business cards, I decided to work with a material that reflects my way of working. I love to work with my hands and to experiment with crafts and materials. That's why I choose for clay (modeling dough). It looks handcrafted, is simple to use and is fragile and strong in the same time.

I experimented with two ways to engrave my name/website into the clay. Take a look!

Step 1: Experiment 1: Engraving With the Lasercutter

My first idea was to engrave my name, e-mail address and website into the clay.

I clayed a couple of cards and let them dry for two days. Once they where dry I experimented with the speed of the laser cutter. Look at the gif above to see which speed had which effect.

Step 2: Experiment 2: Make a Stamp

My second idea was to make a stamp of wood. I only used the link of my website in a bigger size, because the small letters wouldn't be really visible. I used the followings settings of the lasercutter to engrave the space around the letters: 85,7% power, 100% speed. I cutted out two plates, one with the link of my website and one blank and glued them together.

As you can see, this way is a lot faster and takes less time with the lasercutter. The only disadvantage is that you can only use letters in a big size, so there is no space left for for instance my name, phone number etc.

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DeandrasCrafts (author)2014-09-24

Just out of total curiousity, do they break easily?

I really like this idea, and I too would use stamps, but I wouldn't think of using clay. Really ingenious.

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Joekevdv (author)DeandrasCrafts2014-09-28

Thank you. They do not break very quickly.Of course, clay is not the most practical material to use, but I think they are more memorable then paper cards ;).

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gravityisweak (author)2014-09-24

I like the texture you ended up with. I wonder what it would look like if you weathered it a little bit by painting some gray or black on there and quickly wiping it off, leaving the paint to stay in the folds and ridges.

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Joekevdv (author)gravityisweak2014-09-28

Great idea!

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tomatoskins (author)2014-09-23

That's a great idea! Definitely memorable.

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