Dye leather before cutting?

Hello! I’m a newbie in leather stuffs. I’ve been making some earrings lately where I’ll cut/score veg tanned leather then dye it afterward. My question is - Could I just dye the whole piece of leather first and then cut it in the Glowforge? I’m using water base stains mostly. I’m not sure if that’s ok for the machine. Anyone know? It would make for more uniform pieces IMO and would save me some time of dying each individual earring. :slight_smile:


@morganstanfield is pretty deep on leather…

@jae also had this post:

@bwente has done some leatherwork with dyes:

@jaz also:

@cynd11 posted this and might have some insight:

@karaelena posted this with a rather unconventional method:

@septimus39 did a small project here:

Any or all of these awesome people may have pointers or ideas.

… Oh and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention THE leather thread.

(And many more! Get a drink and a snack and search the forum for “dyed leather”. There are hours of material here.)


Thanks for posting. I tried printing before and after on leather last night. I like the look of after with masking. Now I have all these posts to read for more information. :o)

I dye my earrings before cutting so I can get a consistent pattern. I’ve also played with soaking them in water before cutting. It helps with smoke but can raise the edges some as the water boils.