engrave picture on leather bracelet

Leather Bracelets
laser cut and engraved

In the following tutorial, we show you how to laser cut and engrave (imitation) leather. Below, we've prepared different design templates and suitable laser parameters for you.


Required material
  • Masking tape
  • Faux leather
  • Leather
  • Snap fastener
  • Snap fastener pliers
  • Waxed cord
Trotec Laser Used
  • Use a honeycomb cutting table


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Step by step

Step 1

Design "Tree" - Photo-engraving on Imitation Leather - Step 1

The design file provided below is already prepared for the laser process. You can also use your own photo if you like. To achieve the desired effect, the image must be converted into a line-art graphic. In CorelDraw®, you can convert your graphic to line art by selecting the following: Bitmap -> Mode -> Black and White. A dialog box will appear. Select the conversion "Method Line" and click OK. Get further information on photo engraving.

engrave picture on leather bracelet
Step 2

Step 2: Laser operation

To achieve the best result, use a honeycomb cutting table. Take a piece of faux leather, put it in the laser and smooth it down. The material may shift or distort easily during laser processing, so you should fix it to the cutting table with masking tape.

Used laser parameters

Engraving: Power: 23% - Speed: 30% - Frequency: 500 ppi - Air Assist: ON - High Quality: ON
Cutting: Power: 20% - Speed: 2% - Frequency: 1000Hz - Air Assist: ON


In the download section at the bottom of this page, you can get the parameters file and import them directly to JobControl. We also have a how-to guide for importing parameters.

position marks for snap fasteners
Step 3

Step 3: Finishing the faux leather

Once you have laser-processed the imitation leather, clean it with water. There are little marks on the ends of the strap which will help you position the snap fasteners.

Step 4

Step 4: Graphics - Design the "Arrow" on genuine leather

Open our template or your own design in CorelDraw or another vector program. Let yourself be inspired by geometric patterns or floral decoration.

engraved leather bracelet
Step 5

Step 5: Laser operation:

Take a piece of genuine leather and place it into the laser. As with the faux leather, you should fix the genuine leather with masking tape and use a honeycomb cutting table.

Laser Parameters used

We worked with a Speedy 300 (80 watts) and a 1.5 inch lens and used the following parameters.

Engraving: Power: 25% - Speed: 28% - Frequency: 500 ppi - Air Assist: ON - Advanced: High Quality
Cutting (arrowheads): Power: 7.5% - Speed: 0.5% - Frequency: 1000 Hz - Air Assist: EIN
Cutting (outline): Power: 8.5% - Speed: 0.8% - Frequency: 1000 Hz - Air Assist: EIN

two kind of leather wrist bands
Step 6

Step 6: Finishing the genuine leather

Remove any residue with a soft dry cloth. Since it is a natural material, we do not recommend any cleaning fluid. Aggressive cleaning agents may dry out the area or form spots on the leather. If you want to use a cleaning solution, please use test strip.

Thread the waxed cord through the ends of the strap and close the bracelet with a knot.

Further information
You will find many tips and tricks for laser engraving and cutting leather in the a href="below.

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