The Nitty-Gritty of Laser Engraving Leather

If you are thinking about laser engraving leather, there are some things to keep in mind

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Laser settings vary widely. Some leather is thick, tough, and difficult to get a good mark – belts may fall into this category. Unless you have experience with that type of leather or the same product, start with a low power setting. Turn the power up if needed for one or more additional passes. If you can get a sample piece of the leather to test, that helps a great deal. Thinner, more supple leather marks easily, and you will be happy you started with a lower power setting or fast speed.

If this sounds like too much work for the money, don’t laser other people’s leather products – it’s a safe policy. Should you want to create your own products from natural leather, find a leather goods store in your area that sells to leather craftsman. Please remember, when you laser real leather, you are burning a material that smells like burnt skin. It is not a pleasant smell.

Learn more about engraving leather and leatherette in Bob’s May 2021 article.


Bob Hagel

Bob Hagel and his wife Dana offered a full line of personalized products using laser engraving, sandcarving, and full-color UV direct print on products for nearly 20 years. The pair sold their 17-year-business Eagle’s Mark Awards & Signs in September 2020. Bob remains an expert in the awards, recognition, and signage industries while he enjoys retirement.

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