Laser Engraving Fingernails

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A Calendar Laser Etched Into Fingernails

Martin and I engraved a calendar on our fingernails. As the months pass, we’ll cut them off!

42 thoughts on “Laser Engraving Fingernails

  1. Jeff says:

    Bre, how about a time lapse movie of your nail growing out so we can see the calendar move through the months?

  2. Harry says:

    Interesting idea, seems kind of a stupid thing to do though. Also I think you would try to fit 3 months or so on the fingernail, unless you have a vitamin deficiency I think your nails will grow faster than you calendar.

  3. raphael says:

    Wikipedia says they grow at ~3mm/month, so it should work ok!

    Crazy goofballs! Danger Danger!

  4. PK says:

    I’d say this clearly falls into the “don’t try this at home” category…

    Bet it was painful when the thumb on the right got nailed on the cuticle!

  5. Patti says:

    I bet it STUNK. :)

  6. craig says:

    It’s not so much a calendar as a list of the months, though, isn’t it?

  7. Bonnie says:

    So what will you etch next on your toenails then?

  8. Wolfy says:

    the sickly yellow color just makes me remember the smell of burning flesh and the gross orange-yellow color on my finger when i burned it with a soldering iron

  9. sweavo says:

    I heard the rule was 9 months for a nail to grow completely, so it looks like your calendar may run a little fast.

  10. CuriosityKiller says:

    That’s a brilliant concept, but would the etching really last a full year even before it was grown out?

  11. jd says:

    i think people get cancer for exposing themself to radation. and your thumbs will be next i think

  12. asdf says:

    jd is ignorant of the distinction between ionizing and non ionizing radiation.

  13. Irregular Shed says:

    o_O ?

  14. jeffro says:

    holy crap. we’re losing the war on pimples!

  15. says:

    I’ve got some free time at work here and this gives me an idea!! We have Universal 45 watt lasers, what power setting where you using? muuahahahaa! >:)

  16. Bill says:

    Beside the obvious burn hazards for your skin, anyone trying to attempt this might consider wearing some eye protection rated for the laser you are using. These systems work by using a set of mirrors around the perimeter of the box so the laser isn’t coming directly from the moving head like an inkjet printer.

  17. Mike says:

    I remember doing that my mistake several years ago with a YAG (went partially through my nail). I work with safer units like this now at trotec.

  18. joebananas says:

    There was a lot of light reflecting off that grip. i wonder if that guy can still see ok.

  19. carl watson says:

    An interesting use for a laser, but absolutely atrocious video camera handling, vast editing and cutting needed, and a rather silly thing to do with ones valuable digits.

  20. laser man says:

    Must know what kind of laser you are using. we have an epolog 40 watt. also must know what power setting. thank you

  21. Graviravimas lazeriu says:


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