Johnson Plastic has added to their Saddle Collection of faux leather products for laser engraving. I just received a bunch of the new key chains and did some testing this morning. They look great and are WAY easier than working with real leather. I created a jig out of cardboard to help with alignment.
It’s not leather and it doesn’t look as good as leather worked by a true craftsperson. But they look better than the key chains I had been making out of real leather if for no other reason than I’m not an experienced leather craftsman.
The design on the left is a new design I’ll be selling on t-shirts, decals, and now key chains at an upcoming Moose Festival. The design on the right is a customer’s design that I had previously engraved on shot glasses for them. I’ll give them this key chain in hopes they’ll order more. The other two are there to show you the other colors and shapes available.
I used the same settings that worked on the sheets of this material just adjusting the thickness.
I also bought a few of their magnetic-backed name badges, luggage tags, business card holders, cup sleeves, a leather-covered notepad, a wine tote, and a small flask but have’t engraved any of them. They all look nice for faux leather.