I branded myself, about 8 years ago, with a cookie cutter and a blowtorch. The first time my dad saw it, he asked if someone had held me down and mutilated me in some kind of gangland reprisal. Dad thinks my life is a lot more exciting than it actually is.

Anyhoo, Cory just boinged this link to the Shapeways blog, wherein is described a nifty little 3D-printed metal branding iron they’ve developed, which clicks onto a standard disposable butane lighter and is fully customizable with your own logo/gang sign/frat house letters. Click the iron in place, flick the Bic for 30 seconds, and you’re ready to burn some skin!

If you don’t enjoy the smell of your own curdled flesh, this could be a great tool for hallmarking those little handmade wooden widgets you sell on Etsy, or whatever.

[via Boing Boing]

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

  • Eugene

    Very cool. I branded myself a few years ago, and it was a very unusual experience.

  • Maker Dino

    I burned myself a couple years ago, with a soldering iron and you know what? IT HURT!! It’s supposed to hurt… that’s what tells you to NOT do it.

  • Dana

    I usually try at all costs to AVOID burning myself. It hurts like hell! You have got to be a bit twisted/unstable to do this on purpose IMHO.

  • Simon

    “curdled flesh”? I am not sure curdled is the work you’re looking for here?

    This doesn’t look as fun as when you’re MIG welding a a bit of hot slag goes down inside your shoe!

  • Special Kaye

    Some things just shouldn’t be promoted in a magazine that is trying to appeal to a very wide demographic. This is one of those things. I think it’s totally inappropriate and definitely changed my outlook on Make.

  • Anonymous

    Changed my outlook on this author is more like it

  • Anonymous

    God, you people need to relax.

  • Joseph Johnston

    Seriously, you folks should lighten up. Branding has been around for a long time. It’s not that big of a deal. What if someone came in here and said stuff like “You really shouldn’t be taking apart electronics, that’s dangerous!” They’d be laughed off the website. While you may not agree with what other people do, you have no right to judge them. Also, how in the hell can you assume that this magazine is trying to appeal to a wide demographic? Even if they were, (which they aren’t) wouldn’t that include people who brand themselves? Saying “I’m going to support a magazine that aims at a wide demographic that only includes things I like!” is short sighted at best, and idiotic at worst.

  • josh

    Would be great for marking wood or leather. Skin, too. How do I order?