Harleston couple's craft-based laser powered business lifts off
A couple with a love for crafting have created a new business fuelled by laser power.
Jacob Morrell and Megan DeDecker-Haylett use a laser to etch images, including pet portraits and family photos, on to a variety of surfaces to create a visual keepsake.
When not creating beautifulitems for the home, Jacob works as a trainee driving instructor at Nxtgen Driving Academy and Megan runs her own house plants business, called Blush Blooms, from home.
The couple’s engraving business, which only got off the ground this month, is also run from their Harleston home, but having their own shop is a goal they both share.
“I have been hoping to open up a shop for my plant sales,” said Megan, 24. “If we do that, we cannot leave the crafting ideas behind.
“Now that we have invested in another business selling crafts and personalised items, we could combine both, so hopefully you will be able to see our plants and crafts together in one shop near you in the future.”
The laser machine, which cost around £1,000, can engrave a design on to a surface in around one hour.
Some items are then mounted, before being waterproofed.
Jacob and Megan, of School Lane, are self-taught crafters and are adept at adding hand carving and extra detailing to any items that require it.
The pair sell personalised coasters, wallets, key rings and belts, with designs carved on to coloured paper, acrylic, wood, plastic, leather or cork.
“All I need is a photo – ideas for your loved ones or even yourself and I can get this engraved on to the materials,” said 27-year-old Jacob.
“We both work hard, creating items during the evenings, and it’s rewarding to see people being happy with local products that we have created.
“We like bringing something different to the community and putting smiles on people’s faces, especially during these difficult times.”
To find out more, visit Morrells Personalised Crafts on Facebook.