little merlins, everywhere

Warning: this post contains many (not-entirely-gratuitous) pictures of myself.

For some time now, I’ve been wanting to:

  1. make some distinctive business cards for myself
  2. use transfer paper as described in this blog post (from Just Something I Made)

For the business cards, I needed something that would a) stray from the norm — no rectangular cardstock; b) relate to my projects; c) be interesting in its own right, so people would want it simply as an interesting object; and d) have my face on it. I have a couple of other people’s face-cards, and this helps me remember who they are.

I chose to use piezos, a base component for most of my audio projects. They’re round, shiny, tactile. Well-sized for wallets. Cheap, at 800 for $50, plus shipping.

I found some “Rub-Onz” transfer paper for about $15 at a Dick Blick in Iowa City. You can use any kind of printer with them, an advantage over some other types that require specifically inkjet or laser printers. The procedure:

  • print your (backwards) image onto a sheet of matte material,
  • stick some adhesive plastic over it,
  • peel off the plastic, leaving the adhesive,
  • stick the adhesive side to your base, and
  • peel off the originally-printed matte layer.

We didn’t have much toner in the printer, which greatly reduced efficiency, but I like the grungy effect this gave the finished product.

Good: cheap, easy, versatile, striking
Meh: transfer is damaged by soldering on other side, or if you stack them; time-consuming



  • By parent 1, January 8, 2011 @ 9:40 am

    Can I have one?

  • By admin, January 8, 2011 @ 1:22 pm

    Sure, I’ll send one to you :D

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