A good friend gave me a leather covered flask as a gift years ago, and over time the existing leather started peeling off and looked a bit worse for wear. Time for a revamp! I have been wanting to do more laser cutting and work more with leather, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do both.
As I used a flask which had an existing cover, it had a nice inset surface which made application easy and framed the cover (although the double layer meant it was no longer flush). However a cover like this could be added to any flask, one would just need to be extra careful when glueing to achieve a clean edge.
There were several stages to preparing the file.
First I measured the flask to determine the dimensions. I messed this up big time the first time around by measuring the flask without accounting for the first layer of leather, thinking it wouldn't be a huge difference. Wrong! Measure carefully. For thin leathers make your file about 1/8" - 1/4" shorter around to accommodate for stretch. Once you have an artwork size, the computer work can start. Your process may be different, but here are the steps I took in Photoshop/Illustrator CC: