Leather Engraving 101
How does laser engraving on leather work?
If you think of an onion, what we’re basically doing is peeling away layers of existing material. We’re not adding to the leather at all (like the way a laser inkjet printer adds ink to paper), what we’re doing is lasering out leather particles through a burning process with the laser. It’s physically removing the leather itself, so what we engrave will NEVER come out, it’s permanently there.
Do different colours of leather affect the engraving?
Yes actually, it plays an important role in the finished product, also, if your products as multiple layers of leather with different colouring, that can also affect the final outcome. Generally speaking, lighter coloured leather works best because the engraving comes out darker usually, kinda like a milk chocolate colour result on light beige leather. If you have dark coloured leather, the finished product is usually more of a tone-on-tone result, so it winds up being black on black, or dark brown on dark brown.
Is there a size limit to what leather can be engraved?
Yes, there’s actually two limits, the first being a size limit, the second being a weight limit. We can’t put anything on the laser that weights more than 50 pounds, so if you’ve got a leather wrapped car seat you would like engraved, I’m afraid it’s not likely we can do that. From there, our laser bed size is 32″ x 20″ but we do have a pass through that can be utilized. So, suppose you have a leather handle on a broadsword you would like done (which we have done), so long as it’s not any wider than 32″, we should be able to do it. Please contact us if you have an oversize piece of leather.