- Masking tape
- Faux leather
- Snap fastener
- Snap fastener pliers
- Waxed cord
- Use a honeycomb cutting table
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.
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.
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: 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.
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
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.
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