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Hi folks,

As in France one has to put tags on every luggage that is taken with during transportation in trains, I wasn't satisfied with a ready-made one, generally quick-and-dirty written on a paper tag.

I decided to fab-it-myself with the following criteria:
 - personalized
 - customizable (when published as the present Instructable)
 - cooler than the generally available ones 
 - more durable than paper
 - if possible made of renewable materials

Note that I have a laser cutter at my disposal, which is uncommon, I admit.

I first took as an example the shape of the paper version (see second photo).

If you intend to take action, here is the  material check-list:
 - this Instructable
 - a laser cutter
 - a sheet of material that can be cut with the latter
 - the downloadable files that are available in step 2.
 - Inkscape or any cool vector drawing application

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Step 1: The making of

Picture of The making of
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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...

What a good idea! Fun and practical :)
r4f (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
Hello Penolopy,
Thanks for your comment!
In fact, that's simple but really useful for current holiday departures...