The hip flask pictured here cost only $5 at the local super-jumbo-extreme-retail store on clearance, and I wanted to personalize it a bit. I have access to a laser cutter/etcher through the TechShop
and thought this might be the tool for the job.
However, one of the problems with cheap, thin leather is that the dye has soaked all the way through the material. This makes most laser etching into such material difficult to see. So this Instructable details a series of novel steps on how to etch such leather to produce a high contrast design.
Materials and Tools:
- Dark dyed, cheap, thin leather
- Painter's masking tape (I used the 2" wide blue stuff, good because the lasers cut it nicely and it's not very sticky, important for later steps)
- Light colored spray paint (I used silver metallic)
- Duct Tape
- Laser cutter/etcher
- A design (preferably monochromatic, without too many gradients. Think b/w clip art or vector art)