If you're trying to think of ideas to help you crowdfund contributions towards your latest project, how about engaging our lasers to create some eye-catching rewards?
Enamel mugs are particularly popular. One of the most recent examples being those with a design by Aidan Meighan - pictured above.
The Ernest Journal, which is a blog, iPad magazine and biannual printed publication, wanted to raise funds to launch their next issue. We etched Aidan's design on to a batch of mugs in July.
Soul Farm is 1.5 acre no-dig market farm growing seasonal vegetables in Falmouth, Cornwall. In late 2019, they wanted to raise money to help with the setup costs of their first season. We etched them these enamel mugs and they were included in some reward levels on offer through their Crowdfunder page. The farm is now up and running but they continue to sell the mugs through their online shop.
Kris Hallenga, founder of the breast cancer charity Coppafeel, is a good friend of Cut By Beam. She asked us to make these keyrings as a gift to those supporting her forthcoming crowdfunded book called 'How to Glitter a Turd' Pre-orders are currently still being taken!
Get in touch if you have any ideas about fundraising thank you gifts. Chopping boards, drinks bottles, hip flasks, bar blades are just some of the items we can etch with your designs.
We're impressed by the foresight and effort some of our clients are showing in getting their businesses ready to re-open in a post-lockdown world.
We're all having to adapt to new ways of working and we know some of our customers are, understandably, cautious or even worried about the future.
However, over the past week we have done work for many clients. Including shops, cafés, wedding venues and restaurants. Take a look at these coat check numbers we did for Appletons Bar and Restaurant in Fowey; a cost-effective way to make what could be an unremarkable item, fun, interesting and practical.
We've also made some beautiful folders for the Cornish country estate at Boconnoc. They offer accommodation and a venue for events such as weddings. These include a living hinge which we laser cut in house.
The living hinge is an amazing cutting pattern that allows you to bend and stretch materials that are usually flat and rigid such as the plywood here.
At Cut By Beam we can help with all sorts of items for the retail and hospitality industries, including laser cut signage, rubbers stamps, keyrings, table numbers, menus, a-frame advertising boards, glassware, pump clips and coasters. The list is endless and we look forward to helping you with your ideas as we all move tentatively towards the hope of resuming some form of 'normality'.
Cut By Beam is OPEN please do contact us today with any enquires.
For many of our clients, coronavirus has forced them to start working 'on' their business a little more, rather than necessarily 'in' it; ensuring their nests are in good shape, as it were, to move forward once the lockdown eases.
Before the Covid-19 national lockdown we had been working with students on the BA (Hons) Television course at Falmouth University.
We came up with this simple animation style by laser etching illustrations on to wooden slides. Watch the short test of the laser cutting animation here.
We were all so happy with it we decided to make something in this style to tell the story of the workshop here at Cut By Beam. We are hoping to still be able to produce this once we are out of lockdown.
We love how the changing grain of the wood animates itself in the background too. Such a good example of how collaborating with other industries can push your creative capability.
Keep your business moving forward during Covid-19 - we're still open!
Let us know if you have ideas of projects to move your business forward during these times. We would love to help. Contact us today.
Cut By Beam customers are still ordering and we’re grateful for any projects that come our way.
Even before the lockdown was officially announced, we quickly introduced new working practices to enable our laser cutting business to continue operating during the current health crisis. In ‘normal’ times - there would be up to 5 of us in a relatively small workshop, plus the occasional visiting customer. It’s hard to social distance in that scenario. So we took the early decision for Jenny to work alone on site, whilst other staff swap in with her or continue to do art-working or administration from home.
Orders are coming in from new and repeat clients and, as usual, we’re playing a part in some interesting projects. They include a laser cut architecture model for a practice in London, etched baby teething rings, trays and application spoons for a vegan, spa lotion company called Scence (see header image). Plus a commission for wooden board games – in great demand at the moment.
Contact us if you’d like to discuss your own ideas. Our minimum order charge is only £15+vat. Bespoke gifts or small personal jobs are as welcome as larger bulk runs.
Our new Cut By Beam website will hopefully give our customers a bit more insight into what we do in the workshop, whilst making it easier to make enquiries and talk to us about their projects.
We commissioned some new photos from the brilliant photographer Jenna Foxton. And Celia has converted everything over to the Shopify platform, which we think will make it easier for customers to navigate and place online orders for one-off items like our enamel mugs, key fobs, etc. Most of our work is generated outside of the online shop, but we will be adding more items to our Shopify store in the coming weeks.
As many of our clients contact us via a mobile browser, we hope this site will also load quicker and look slicker than ever before.
Conferences in 2020 are hopefully set to be more eco-friendly than ever. We've had a lot of enquiries this year from organisers who want to use more sustainable materials for things such as name badges and signage.
We're used to laser cutting wooden medals and awards for sporting events but we're struck by how many corporate or charity events are now thinking more carefully about the mass items they need for their attendees. The thought of handing out more single-use plastic goes against their (and our) company ethos and Cut By Beam can, for instance, turn around batches of individually named badges within about 10 days' notice.
Wooden Name Badges
Just send us your logo, an idea of your design, size and any attachments (pins, magnetic strips, ribbons etc.) and a list of your delegates in a spreadsheet. We'll then do the rest. Price-wise you'll find that our laser cut name badges are very competitive when compared to their plastic counterparts; often cheaper. If you have a few last minute sign-ups we can always do the bulk run in advance and add any extras closer to your deadline.