Instead of buying a new collar for my dog I decided to make her a new one at my work using the materials and equipment that you can find at Techshop. The only thing I needed to buy was the metal hardware I wanted to use. The project is pretty simple and can all be done in a short amount of time!
In all I used scrap leather I found in our bin wall, CorelDraw, the CO2 laser, some glue, and the industrial sewing machine.
Step 1: Create your file
First I created the basic shape that I wanted my collar to be and the holes I would need for the buckle I wanted to use. After my basic image was done I simply copied and pasted three times. I did this so I would have multiple layers of leather to make the collar more durable.
Instead of using a metal dog tag that would clank around and make noise, I laser etched my dog's information right onto the leather. In the image I used the word TEXT to show how this can be done.
Step 2: Cut out your pieces
I grabbed some scrap leather I found in extremely useful bin wall at the shop and headed back to the lasers. Once I set up the laser settings, I put my leather onto the laser bed. I've had leather warp from the heat of the laser before so this time I used small pieces of tape in places where the laser would not be cutting through the leather to secure it to the tray below.