Introduction: Leather Coaster

This instructable tells you how to make a leather coaster with a picture burned into it with a soldering iron.

Step 1: Materials

- leather
- soldering iron or wood burner (either one works fine a wood burner is usually better though because it usually has removable tips that come in many different shapes and sizes)
- computer and printer to find and print a picture (unless you would like to draw by sight)
- scissors
- marker
- a safe surface to work on so you don't burn your mothers wooden dinner table or any other important surface ( a disposable aluminum pie pan works great)
- tape
- something sharp: a needle, bulletin board pin, safety pin

Step 2: Preparation Before Burning

- Find a picture on the internet that is circular shaped. It helps to get a line drawn picture, so if you do a google advanced image search and choose line drawing it will make it easier for you to find simple pictures to trace.
- Print the picture at the size that you would like your coaster to be.
- Cut out the picture.
- Lay the picture on a piece of your leather and trace it onto the leather with a marker. Make sure you trace it onto the backside of the leather so there are no marks on the front.
- Cut out the circle from the leather.
- Tape the picture to the front side of the leather.
- Trace the picture onto the leather by poking through the paper on the lines of the picture.
- Untape the picture from the leather and you will see a bunch of little dots on the leather.

Step 3: Burning

- Use a scrap piece of leather to tell when the soldering iron is hot enough to get the line value that you want.
- Pretty much you just simply trace the dots on the leather. Use the the paper as a reference if the lines get a little confusing.
- I only traced the larger main lines and drew in the smaller ones later to keep from having to much of a jumble of dots.
- I also added a border to the outside and colored in the stem of the flower.

Comments

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RonaldB4 (author)2014-12-24

Any suggestions for stiffening and surface protection of the leather?

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rronald_25 (author)2013-07-22

Do yuo think it will work with faux leather?
My project would be personalizing faux leather headphone
Thanx

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TashaDax (author)2012-11-12

This is beautiful! I think I know what I'm making for presents from now on :)

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rschack (author)TashaDax2012-11-12

Thanks! That's exactly what I have done with a few in the past. They are great presents. I have also made key fob bracelet things for my brother and sister with their names on them as Christmas gifts.

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phoebeh1 (author)2012-01-16

hello..excellent instructable. But can you do this same method on vinyl?

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rschack (author)phoebeh12012-01-16

I'm not sure. I have never worked with vinyl before. If you try though, let me know how it works out.

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rpatzman (author)2011-11-25

Looks great! A bit of advice for you. If you want to make perfect circles, go to a scrapbook store, or craft store that sells scrapbook supplies, and get a paper circle cutter, they work great for leather!

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rschack (author)rpatzman2011-11-26

Thanks, I will have to try that. :)

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RedneckEngineer (author)2011-02-28

Nice way to transfer the patteren. I thought you did it a diff way but that works good!

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rschack (author)RedneckEngineer2011-02-28

It's a little time consuming, but it seems to work fine. You can also do things free hand, I'm still working on becoming better at drawing though, haha.

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