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A CraftID is a great way to add your name to your work and document a date, a serial number and list of materials used in each individual piece. These are all obvious data your CraftID might legitimately and purposefully carry.  A CraftID can enhance the credibility and distinction of your work when properly incorporated in the design.  Inclusion of your CraftID can actually be an integral part of your design. But, what if it could do more?

What if your CraftID could help sell your work?

You could just glue your CraftID to the surface of your piece. It generally looks better though to embed the CraftID [Installation Tutorial]. This is accomplished by drilling a shallow hole with a Forstner or similar flat bottom bit. Forstner bits work best because they leave a nice clean edge.

Most woodworkers like to embed their CraftID such that the face is flush on the surface. Since sanding a CraftID is not recommended it is important to drill the mortise depth with some care and precision. If you plan to embed your CraftID proud or shy of the surface you might consider easing the exposed edge prior to affixing the CraftID. Any of these solutions can result in a professional looking piece. So let your artistic preferences guide you.

Standard CraftIDs are made from high quality 1/16" cherry veneer. They are 1" in diameter and sold in increments of 25 pieces. 1.5" and 2" diameter CraftIDs are also available in increments of 10 pieces. CraftIDs are made in a carrier card. The carrier protects the CraftIDs, keeps them handy and ready for use, and includes contact information in case you have questions or need to order more CraftIDs.

Wood CraftIDs are cut so they can easily be removed from the carrier card with a sharp knife (recommended method) or by twisting them slightly. Cutting is recommended due to the possibility of grain tear-out.

Filling a CraftID is typically done to highlight the contents and to increase durability. Some CraftIDs lend themselves to being filled (wood for example), while require no fill (plastic for example).

A raw CraftID should generally not be sanded because the very small engraved parts may break under even a little abrasion.  The solution is to fill the engraving with something that allows sanding as needed.  My favorite is using colored five minute epoxy.  I color the epoxy with fine sawdust or a variety of products such as powdered pigments.  A filled CraftID can be embedded slightly proud of the surface and then sanded flush.

Installing a CraftID is simple.  Here are a few easy steps to an attractive installation. This tutorial is mainly targeted at woodworkers.  We will address other materials over time.

Quick Response (QR) codes are now easily recognized as the 'more information' feature on many store shelves, in many catalogs and frequently on product packaging.  When you order your Master CraftIDs we will generate the QR code for you based on information you provide.  If you need to or would like to create your own QR code there are many web-based resources such as (pronounced Zebra crossing dot com) and

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