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Try This: Laser Engrave a Leatherette Cork Journal

This engraved gift offers a modern, textured look

Laser engraved gifts display branding, personality, and creativity on everyday objects. Leatherette cork, for example, has a modern, textured look, which you can easily add personalization to via laser engraving.

Supplies needed for engraving

  • Laser engraver
  • Leatherette cork journal
  • LAZ32 or LA’s Totally Awesome all-purpose cleaner
  • Microfiber cloth

5 steps to laser engrave a cork journal

laser engrave journal
Step 2: Check that the journal is level in the laser. (Image courtesy JDS Industries)

Step 1: Download a journal template or measure the journal. Your art should be 100% RGB black.

Step 2: Place the journal in the upper left corner of the laser bed. Make sure the journal is level.

Step 3: Adjust your engraver’s focus so it’s on the surface of the journal.

Step 4: Engrave the journal using your usual leatherette settings. Settings can vary slightly as each laser is a little different. These are settings we have tested and use that you can use as a starting point.

  • 35W – 600DPI – 65S – 20P
  • 60W – 600DPI – 80S – 15P
  • 80W – 600DPI – 90S – 15P

Step 5: Clean with LAZ32 or LA’s Totally Awesome and a microfiber cloth.

Pro tip: It’s ideal not to have any residue, so during testing, try to avoid wiping it clean because the material is so porous it can worsen. Dialing in a fairly fast speed and mid to low power is essential for cork.

laser engrave journal
(Image courtesy JDS Industries)

Learn more: What to Know When Engraving, Cutting, or Marking Cork

Cheryl Loban

Cheryl Loban

JDS Industries

Cheryl Loban is the Communications Specialist at JDS Industries. She joined JDS in March of 2001 as a Customer Service Rep and worked in various roles in that capacity over the past 18 years. Cheryl moved into her position in the Marketing Department in February 2019.

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