In this 'Instructable' I will be going through the steps to make a leather filigree cuff with the aid of TechShop's laser cutter.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
Laser Cutter- The TechShop location I used has a "Trotec Speedy 300". Before using the shop equipment each member is required to take some basic training on each machine. I found this class to provide me with everything I needed to do my first project.
Software- The Trotec Speedy 300 accepts either Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw files. I chose to use CorelDraw. TechShop also provides use their computer labs to create these files if you do not have these rather expensive programs.
Leather Working Tools- I have purchased all of my leather working hand tools over the years from Tandy Leather. They offer very sturdy tools at reasonable prices. For this project you will need: leather scissors, 2 punches (to match the size of your rivets and the size of your snaps), a basic snap setter set, a hammer, and a small stone slab,
scrap of cardboard- about 1' x 1' (from a recycle bin)
leather- about 6"x 12", (extra is always good in case there is a mistake and something needs to be re-cut) (I got mine at Tandy Leather)
leather dye- color of your choice (also purchased at Tandy Leather)
latex gloves- (from Lowes)
12 rivets- (I got these from Tandy Leather but there are also quite a few websites that sell rivets/snaps/etc. in bulk for less than Tandy)
2 snaps-(same as above)