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Laser cut leather

Leather is a wonderful material - and not just for clothing and fashion accessories!

Our community has used leather to make a huge variety of products to gift and sell.

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Lasercut Cuff
by Cuff Modern
Leather Camera Case
by Chromatophobic
Filleting Knife Sheath
by Rich Borrett

Materials

Upholstery Leather
Mocha

0.039 inches

Leather (Vege Tanned)
Tan

0.098 inches

Leather (Vege Tanned)
Dark brown

0.098 inches

Upholstery grade leather - Mocha

Design notes

A chocolaty brown colored leather that has a full grain leather finish on one side and a suede like finish on the other.

The 'antique' nature of the finish makes the leather look aged and worn in. This includes 'cracking' in the color and color variation. Some natural imperfections could appear on the surface of the leather.

This leather is ideal for interior design applications and a favorite choice amongst Interior Designers.

Typical uses

Upholstery, bags, wallets, clothing.

Adhesives, joints & fastenings

Rivets and common sewing techniques will work for joining this material.

Hint - Laser cut thread holes and pieces can be stitched neatly by hand.

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Natural, vegetable tanned leather - Tan

Design notes

Tan leather with a smooth finish on one side and a coarse finish on the other. Can be oiled to improve water resistance. Some natural imperfections could appear on the surface of the leather.

Typical uses

Equestrian, tooling, handcraft, belts, picture frames, hand bags, book binding, carving, stamping.

Environmental info

Vegetable-tanned leather is tanned using tannin and other ingredients found in vegetable matter, tree bark, and other such sources.

Adhesives, joints & fastenings

Rivets and common sewing techniques will work for joining this material.

Hint - Laser cut thread holes and pieces can be stitched neatly by hand.

Order a sample

Natural, vegetable tanned leather - Dark brown

Design notes

Dark Brown leather with a smooth finish on one side and a coarse finish on the other. Can be oiled to improve water resistance. Some natural imperfections could appear on the surface of the leather.

Typical uses

Equestrian, tooling, handcraft, belts, picture frames, hand bags, book binding, carving, stamping.

Environmental info

Vegetable-tanned leather is tanned using tannin and other ingredients found in vegetable matter, tree bark, and other such sources.

Adhesives, joints & fastenings

Rivets and common sewing techniques will work for joining this material.

Hint - Laser cut thread holes and pieces can be stitched neatly by hand.

Order a sample

Getting started

Latest article about laser cutting

Ideas for Creative Agencies & Brands ? #44

Laser Cut and Etched Family-Centric Promotional Items

laser cut family birthday calendar

Promotional items that have a personal touch can become valued trinkets for the recipient, and you can’t get much more personal than with a focus on family. The diverse capabilities of laser cutting and laser etching makecustomized family-centric products quick and easy to achieve. As we’ll see in the following examples, materials can range from the familiar to the experimental using a number of different techniques.

Pictured above is a laser cut family birthday calendar from Zetka in Poland, who provide options for custom text and different materials and finishes. The family tree is also a popular theme, with an interpretation in ply from Dansky Arts & Crafts(below, left) and hand-cut paper from Twenty Fingers (below, right).

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Continuing the theme of family connections, the puzzle pendant necklace pictured below from AJ’s Custom Jewelry is hand-stamped, but the same idea will translate nicely across to laser cutting and etching. The focus is all on the names of each generation with Jimagination Creations’ text-based family tree (below right).
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Moving from text to images, the beautifully simple use of silhouettes from Cheek By Jowl are one of many versions on the same theme offered by these clever designers.

laser cut family silhouette portrait

 

Photographic images can make for striking laser etched family portraits. The engraved wood example from Twiki Concept (below, left) has so much more presence than an everyday photo print, and the set of laser etched leather coasters from Sweenks(below, right) enable the family photos to become a useful everyday product.

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Puzzles are another great way to make use of photos; many print services provide custom puzzles as an option, and it really isn’t difficult to go one step further to make custom laser etched puzzles from family portraits. Pictured below is a puzzle laser cut and etched in ply from Factory eNova.Learn how to make a custom laser cut puzzle with this handy guide.

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The final examplesare a little more experimental. For those with extra time or just the urge to be creative, an organic laser cut puzzle portrait such asthis one from MoaDesu(below, left) lends itself well to being finished with a coat of bright paint or even laser cut from different materials. Food products are not a part of the selection in the Ponoko Personal Factory, but it’s still interesting (and fun!) to see the exploration from Coby Unger(below, right) where famous portraits have been laser etched onto Matzah, a crisp flatbread traditionally eaten at Passover in the Jewish community.

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Adding a personal touch by featuring families and family activities in laser cut products can lead to some really creative outcomes that are more likely to be retained (and maybe even cherished) by the recipient. Let us know if you?ve seen other great ideas for laser cut family themed products in the comments below; and for more ideas for Agencies and Brands, see the other postsin the series.

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