Inspired by the recent Leather Pouch - Projects - Discourse – South London Makerspace by @Martyn_Thomas about laser cutting leather I’m keen to give it a go.
There have been a few posts previously about laser cutting leather, which all suggest that cutting leather is OK within certain restrictions:
- Laser cut leather - Projects - Discourse – South London Makerspace
- Laser cutting leather - how to generate patterns - Discussion - Discourse – South London Makerspace
- Laser cutting leather - Discussion - Discourse – South London Makerspace
However, it’s not on the list of supported materials - so I wanted to check-in with @lasertechs before attempting. My intention is to do the following:
- 1.2 - 1.4 mm cow leather from the kip sides, vegetable tanned without dying
- Cut it into short lengths - 250mm x 1500mm
- Engrave a design onto the lather (before cutting, to avoid movement)
- Cut small stitch holes for aesthetic thread to be added manually later
- Cut holes for solid brass buttons to be attached and fixed
Having done a fair bit of research I’ve found a suggestion to use small flat magnets to help ensure larger pieces of leather are flat against the honeycomb. I am considering this approach and would like input. My concern is that given the magnets are non-anodised they’re not something you’d want the laser to touch.
I’d be careful about the placement of the magnets and build in the contingency of scrap around them to keep them well clear of the laser. Do @lasertechs think this is sufficient? Or would I best avoid this?