I haven’t worked with leather before, learned a few lessons trying to make a simple badge holder.
First off, the initial cut off the Glowforge:
This was more or less fine, except I ignored some advice I’d read about suspending the workpiece above the honeycomb with magnets. So the back was needlessly charred. I later did the hanging strap with magnets on top and bottom of the proofgrade and got a perfectly clean front and back.
Here it is with the backing peeled off:
In this case it is my intent to dye it black so the soot being on the leather is no big deal. But if I was keeping the natural leather colour, it’d make sense to either adjust the power settings down a bit or use masking tape to try to pull out the burn residue before peeling off the backing.
To dye the leather, I simply dipped it into a puddle of black leather dye with the bent paperclip shown on the right. This produced what to my eyes looked like very satisfactory results in no time flat, with no mess at all.
I cut a small hanger and put grommets in it for durability:
For sewing I had the bright (NOT!) idea of reusing the magnets to hold the material in place while I sewed instead of a stitching pony. Wrong on two counts: having the leather held was really no help at all, and the magnet left an impression on the leather. I won’t try that again:
Here is the rear view of the finished product: