Leather (Vege Tanned) - Natural Russet

0.060 inches 0.098 inches

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What is it

Natural, vegetable tanned leather.

How fast will this material ship?

Orders using this material will ship as fast as same day. Find out more.

Can I get a sample?

You can get a sample here.

Design Notes

Full grain 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.

Unlike other materials leather will be shipped without the surrounding material sheet. The sticky paper we normally use to hold all cut pieces within the surrounding material can damage the surface of the leather so we opt to individually pull designs off the laser and bag them for shipping. Add a cutting line around all pieces of the leather that you want to have shipped.

The manufacturers tolerance for the thickness of the material is as follows:

Material thicknessPossible Range
0.098" / 2.5mm0.084” - 0.126”2.1 - 3.2mm

Engraving Leather

Leather will turn brown and powdery when engraved so large areas of engraving are not recommended. Line engraving produces crisp results and is recommended over area engraving

There are 3 types of engraving possible with laser cutting - area engraving, line engraving and a combination of both.

Area engraving is great it you need to mark a large area on the surface of the material. To specify area engraving set your shapes to have a fill color of black with RGB values of 0, 0, 0. The way this engraving is performed is like an old dot matrix printer except instead of dots of ink it uses pulses of the laser beam. This is a surface finish not deep enough to be used for pocketing or inlays. The depth of the engraving ranges between 0.1-0.5mm.

Line engraving is like a really shallow cut. To achieve this effect the stroke color to red with RGB values of 255, 0, 0 and set the stroke style to a width of 0.01 mm. The laser beam follows along the red lines that you have in your design and marks the surface of the material. The result is crisp but it can be a time consuming technique if you have a lot of small details like text.

Using a combination of both engraving types typically gets the best result. Set your shapes to have a fill color of black with RGB values of 0, 0, 0, the stroke color to red with RGB values of 255, 0, 0, and set the stroke style to a width of 0.01 mm. The line engraving causes the laser beam to trace around the edges of the engraved areas making them more crisp and bringing the details to life.

Typical Uses

Leather is typically used for crafts, jewelry, wallets, cuffs, table mats, coasters, handcraft, belts, etc.

Environmental Information

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

Adhesives, joints and fastenings

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

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

Tips from other designers

Valerie says:

This material is like a thin layer of papery leather backed with a fibrous material, giving it an overall feel of thick, hard cardboard at the beginning.

As a natural leather, it will take some time for the color to age and develop. I've had my pieces for about 3 months and they are only just starting to change color; exposure to light seems to help.

It also marks easily, including with water.

Cutting two lines too close results in burn marks, which is vital as the material is not reversible.

Raster engraving has a printer-like edge to it (instead of being crisp like the vector engraving, even on medium raster -- refer to the sample of light raster to see this effect).

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