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.
Step 3: Sew Together Your Pieces and Add Hardware
Once my pieces were all cut out I used a trick my coworker taught me which is to glue your leather pieces together to keep them in place before you sew. I stacked my leather and placed my D-ring for the leash attachment where I wanted it to go. Then I put the buckle in the spot that I wanted it to go and cut a slot in the leather for the tongue to come through. Once that was settled I applied some glue with a paint brush to the places that would not come in contact with the sewing needle to hold everything in place.
I let the glue set up and a couple minutes later I sewed everything in place on the industrial sewing machine.
Now my dog has a beautiful hand made collar that was pretty simple to make! I hope this has inspired my fellow dog lovers out there to get creative and make your dog something unique!