This post concentrates on custom made goods, rather than premade designs, so if you’ve always wanted your own name, netspeak, an unpronounceable jumble of letters or some expletive hanging around your neck, you’re in luck!
For custom acrylic lasercut nameplates, try the personalised designs from Sugar and Vice, based in the UK. Sarah and Matt have a variety of designs, fonts and colours to choose from. If these do not tickle your fancy, they are happy to create completely custom acrylic jewellery to your own specifications. They also have interesting non-personalised merchandise: I was very amused to find necklaces that reference phrases from Big Bang Theory and IT Crowd.
NB’s closet is another option based in the US. They create customisable nameplates for necklaces as well as custom nameplate knuckle dusters and custom nameplate earrings! NB’s closet also sells non-custom acrylic and wood lasercut pendants: I have my eye on this deer necklace, and these cool Pretendo and 8-bit necklaces.
For somewhere close to home, Cupcakes and mace is a viable option, as they are based in Wellington, NZ. They offer 4 different fonts but contact the sellers for more details if you do not like these, as they have other fonts available. Cupcakes and mace also offer a variety of other premade pendants.
Completely custom woodcuts
Meanwhile, if you wish to have a design of someone’s head laser cut into an engraved wood pendant or brooch, look no further than VectorCloud on Etsy. VectorCloud also provides a variety of beautiful wood pendants such as a cute hot air balloon and a customisable camera necklace where you can slot your own photo into the lens part!
Bulk laser cutting services
Hypothetical: you’re interested in designing and selling your own pendants, and either do not know anyone with a laser cutter or are not game enough to approach a local laser cutting company that appears to be geared heavily toward production of industrial materials. You could try Ponoko. Ponoko not only has a variety of materials and tutorials to help you through the process, it also offers the ability to set up an online shop and sell your own custom-designed jewellery.
Cut Your Way, which offers free shipping to the US and Canada, has a range of materials available including some unique glitter acrylics and an impressive range of specialty woods, as well as stencil mylars, which would be ideal for craft projects and wall stippling.
Zap Creatives, based in the UK, offers a range of acrylics for laser cutting, including mirrored acrylics in almost every colour you can imagine as well as specialty acrylic such as this funky, retro space invaders pattern. What makes Zap Creatives particularly interesting is that they provide the ability to create ”charms” which are coloured designs printed onto acrylic pendants, whereas the majority of other sites I have found offer only cutting and engraving.
So that’s all I have. I hope these two posts were interesting or helpful, this is the kind of post I would have liked to have had when I was trying to find sellers of laser cut jewellery and then was curious about the possibility of making my own. I trawled through pages of designs on etsy and google searches to put this together!
See also: Laser Cut Jewellery – Part 1