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In between creating beautiful websites and brands, the team at Lesli Ink created the 2016 Cast of Characters, a project made to give back to their clients. Lesli Ink partnered with us at Hot Pop Factory so we could bridge between the digital and the physical and bring their illustrations into reality as a high-quality physical product.

In their own words, Lesli Ink is about more than graphic design; they inspire happiness and beauty through design. “To us, happiness and beauty are two powerful words that have lost their true meaning over time. Happiness may seem light-hearted, but genuine contentment is not so easy to find. As a team, we believe happiness is achieved through progress, creativity & love. Our culture at Lesli Ink focuses on the first two because we think together they contribute to the third. When combined, we increase our overall joy in life and help others discover the joy in their own. After all, isn’t that the point!”

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To walk the joy-bringing walk, Lesli Ink sends every client his or her initial in the mail every year, with a little card attached that point them towards an online portal where they can win home made cookies for guessing riddles.

The team decided early on to use laser engraving to produce these cards because they liked the look of engraved wood. Using wood also makes a keepsake that will last for many seasons, as opposed to paper cards that are usually thrown out after just one season. The team designed the letters based on gilded letters, but kept them clean by using one line weight and no solid sections. This also expedited the production process – they had 800 cards to make, after all.

Lesli Ink reports that the 2016 Cast of Characters project was an overwhelming success. Soon after the gifts were sent out, clients sent Lesli Ink photos of their initials adorning Christmas trees and fireplaces. If you want to start your own project, give us a shout.

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TODO festival toronto design

We are very excited to welcome the Toronto Design Offsite Festival back this year! It runs Monday to Sunday, from January 16th to the 22nd. During that time, there are over 100 events and exhibitions that celebrate design scattered throughout Toronto.

As a TO DO Benefit Partner this year, we are proud to offer 15% off on laser cutting and 3D printing orders under $500 if you are a member of the festival. Get your project started today!

Want to see more? Check out TODO Projects past and present by our talented friends:
Studio Lulo
Mjolk
hollis+morris
Biying Miao and Ozana Gherman
Jacob Antoni
Cool Earth
Levitt Goodman Architects

New Year, New Projects

January 9, 2017
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Greetings and well wishes for your 2017 from Hot Pop! The holiday break came and left, but if you’re anything like us time off isn’t a break from work – it’s time to work on your own projects! We have some very exciting projects in the works… which we can’t share with you juuust yet. You can share your project with us though! We’d love to turn that idea you cultivated in your brain into an item in your hand. Get the ball rolling on your project right now – drop us a line!

Psst – make sure to mention if you’re a part of TODO, we have a special deal for you.

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2016 Holiday Hours

December 12, 2016
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Our last day of regular business hours is Friday, December 23rd. We will be out for the holidays from December 24th to January 2nd. Our regular hours will resume on Wednesday, January 3rd. In the meantime, we’ve expanded our production schedule to go full-tilt so we can meet your deadlines. There is still room in the schedule, but time is ticking, so quick as you can submit your project.

If we don’t see you again before new calendars are hanging on the walls, we wish you and yours some rest, laughs and generally happy holidays.

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A great gift is something that holds the intangible and personal stories inside its physicality. This one is simply about about family. Amy from Love on Sunday collaborated with us to create elegant tokens that commemorated each of her loved ones through the extended experience of gift giving, and gathering around a Christmas tree.

We can just imagine the magical experience for each member of Amy’s family, from getting that first peak of their name on an immaculately wrapped gift, to the anticipation, then surprise of the unveiling, and finally gathering up the packaging remains to craft a personalized wooden ornament to adorn the tree together.

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You can read Amy’s story on her blog, and see more pics of her incredible interior design and styling work on Instagram.

For another clever and easy gifting idea, see how Marcel’s hand drawn bow tie is made!

If you have an idea of your own, get in touch to start your own laser cutting project!

All images courtesy of: Love on Sunday

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The weather may be cold, but advent calendars are now open and the countdown to Christmas is on! If you’re anything like us, you love making Christmas presents for loved ones. You may already have a sketchbook full of present ideas, but you’re not sure when you will get around to making them all. Why not let robots do the grunt work? You can get started laser cutting faster than you think.

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Our friend Marcel made this bowtie directly from a drawing in his sketchbook. After doodling the bowtie on paper with a thick black marker (keeping in mind any area we don’t mark will be cut away) he scanned the design into Adobe Illustrator. Then, using the “Live Trace” feature, he converted his drawing into lines our laser cutter can follow, and voila! Robots did the rest of the work for us.

Check out the materials you have to work with here, and then go ahead – draw your Christmas presents this year!

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Hello fellow makers! With holiday market season coming up, we put together some inspiration, and useful tips to help you prepare for a knockout booth display and efficient production to maximize sales. Just keep scrolling.

And for those of you who are exhibitors at the One of a Kind Christmas 2016 Show, you can redeem your 10% discount at the bottom of the page!

Inspiration: 5 Ideas for Signage and Booth Displays

Great signage ideas ranging from $90 – $200

Birch Wood Laser Cut Signage for Jennifer See Studios
Wooden Letter Sign Designed by : Jennifer See Studios

Laser Cut Birch Wood Cut Out Letters
Plywood Cut out Signage Designed by : Peace and Cotton

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Two-colour Acrylic Sign Designed by : Krane Design

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Mirror Acrylic Sign Designed by : Selena Wong

Live Edge Wood Sign
Live Edge Wood Engraved Sign Designed by : Maggie Coblentz

Have a signage idea for laser cutting? Get in touch for a quote.

 

Tip: Speed up Production with Laser Cutting and Engraving

Curious about what else we can do for artists like you? Here’s more inspo… If your work involves cutting and engraving fabric, leather, wood, acrylic, and paper, laser cutting and engraving can save you tons of time and stress, check out these examples! You may also want to check out our full guide to the materials we can cut and engrave.

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Custom Engraved Wooden Cutting Boards by : Swaine Street Woodworking

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Leather and Felt Tags by : Lumbürr Co

Laser Cut Acrylic Heart
Laser Cut Neon Pink Acrylic Hearts by: Metropol Cards

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Laser Cut Veneer Paper Invites by: Hot Pop Factory

Related Projects: Retail Signage for Village Juicery, Reinventing Classic Board Games with Laser Cutting, UNCUFFED Laser Cut Leather Fashion.

Our Beautiful City of Craft

November 1, 2016
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November is when we are pumped for the holidays. It’s…. production time at the shop and we are running 2 shifts this year to make all the things!

We will be working with many talented makers across the city to help them with Christmas rush production again this year and we can’t wait to see the wonderfully unique goods, market displays and gifts that come out of it. Topping our list of local markets this year is City of Craft! We couldn’t be happier to be sponsors again.

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For you makers out there, we know all about the challenges of Christmas production, designing a sweet table, and marking hand made goods as independent makers. We’ve been there ourselves! That’s why we’d like to offer all registered CoC vendors our laser cutting and laser engraving services at a discounted rate of 15% off! Get in touch to start a project!

In the meantime, here’s some inspiration to help get those creative juices flowing:
•     The Ultimate Guide to Laser Engraving Materials
•     Retail Display by Daneson and Re:Creative
•     Wooden Signage for Village Juicery
•     Fun Flat Pack Display for Twitter Canada

We just can’t wait. See you all at the event, details below!

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Images courtesy of City of Craft, Doublenaut, and Becca Gilgan

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Toronto made, custom branded, natural wood products your clients and staff will love!

Corporate gifts should be high quality keepsakes that puts your message top of mind. Hot Pop Factory’s brand new customizable products are designed with eco-friendly local materials like wood, leather and recycled paper packaging, made by passionate designers and craftsmen. You’ll find all the juicy product details and order info in our FREE 2016 Gift Guide, which you can sign up for below!

Here’s why you will love what’s inside:

•     Show your Eco-friendly side with something unique and locally made
•     Build lasting relationships by giving quality handmade goods they won’t find anywhere else
•     Stay top of mind of clients in the coming year, make 2017 fantastic!
•     Show love to your team, they are amazing and worked hard this year
•     Save money on impersonal advertising, a gift with a personal touch goes a long way

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Sign up for your FREE Gift Guide download link!

 

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As the holidays approaches, you will want make your before the November 11th deadline to book your production time. As a thank you for giving us a head start on production, we will be offering a 10% discount on your order! So don’t wait, Sign up for the FREE Gift Guide today!

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Leanne is a maker, dreamer and designer. She is Toronto’s go to person for everything from otherworldly wedding experiences to new age beer bottle design and she also happens to be one of our favourite people to work with. Her aesthetic can best be described through her work which ranges from innovative chic all the way to quirky cool.

Last week we had the opportunity to sit and speak with Leanne about her work, her process and how innovative laser cutting techniques have impacted the way she approaches her projects.

How about we start with introductions?

Leanne: I’m an art director who has a background in design, production and installation. I work with clients to bring their ideas into the real world and create experiences which are truly unique and memorable.

Tell us about some of the challenges you’ve faced through your work?

Leanne: The pieces I’m often asked to design are quite large in scale and have really tight installation timelines, so choosing the right material to work with is absolutely key. It needs to be light enough to hang but also strong enough that it holds it’s shape. My clients are also very particular about the polish and finish of the final outcome and thanks to Hot Pop Factory, I’m able to make this happen every single time at an affordable price.

Talk to us about some of your recent projects?

Leanne: My projects usually vary quite a bit in complexity and scale. Last year, I was working on a project with a Day of the Dead theme which was quite fun. There were a number of pieces that needed to be designed to pull the whole thing together including stencil cutting and spraying over 50 pumpkins in one day. I used a mix of stock illustrations and my own vector art to create the stencils. Understanding how a stencil works is really important, the lines need to be thick enough to block the spray paint from bleeding together. Once I had my vector art ready, I took Matt’s help to pick a material which was a slightly bendable plastic. This worked really well for heavy use and allowed us to bend them a bit to fit different shaped pumpkins.

To know more about what materials might best suit your project, visit our Laser Cutting Materials page!

Stencil cutting

You clearly enjoy working with stencils, tell us about that?

Leanne: As a kid, I was fascinated with stencils. The ability to block out an area to paint or spray paint a pattern repeatedly was awesome! I could brand things, create patterns on just about any surface. Laser cutting gives me the ability to create my own designs through stencils with really precise results. This would never have been possible without the techniques we have today.

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So what’s next for you?

Leanne: It’s a really exciting times for me, I’ve been working on my personal branding and website, which should be launching really soon. Till then you can always follow me on Instagram at @leannekelly.ca.