Seeing some of the cool earrings and leather projects folks are turning out made me want to try the critter burning myself.
It’s been a long time (as in decades) since I’ve done any serious leatherwork but I’m jazzed. Wifey will love them. Ran to Michael’s for some earring hooks and loaded up a nice little design in the laser.
Fire in the hole! Proofgrade settings for the 1.5oz PG I had in there resulted in serious cooking of the cow epidermis.
Switch to manual and dial up the speed and power down.
By the time I got to 1% power and 197 in speed I wasn’t getting burnt curled broken pieces but I did get a bit of extra charring a couple of breaks in the pattern and inconsistent cut through of the outer cutline. BTW, I had placed the leather on a paper towel hoping to reduce flashback burning. Didn’t work so well.
The empty spaces are where the earring was curled cut toasted and crumbled to the touch.
Can’t run it faster or with less power. Switched to a score but still can’t run it any faster.
So we’ll call this a fail. Chalk one up for those Chick-fil-A billboard cows.
On a positive note my wife told me a) she doesn’t want to be a walking craft show and b) in case I hadn’t noticed she doesn’t wear dangling earrings.
I confess, I hadn’t noticed. Don’t Tell her though.