In my stock, I had some thin leather sheets, usually used for making shoe soles.
First, I traced a picture of the original tag in Inkscape
then retouched it slightly, but I didn't want to take too much time on customization, since my motto is "I design them basic, you fab them special"
, so my Instructables are mainly proofs-of-concept
, that propose an easy way of doing custom goods.
To avoid unpleasant fume marks, I generally use masking paper (that makes the leather seem white on the pictures in the laser machine). The only drawback of this method is when you have to peel off the tape after engraving: small pieces are (relatively) hard to remove...