It looked pretty when I started, but the details peeled off when I tried to clean it. It was my last one, I used up the other two trying to perfect the settings. Next time I will try engraving an acrylic sheet and debossing the cover.
Really cool design!
But whatever the material (faux leather/bonded?) could possibly have some nasty toxins, so I’d avoid using them even if they didn’t delaminate unless you can really be sure what the covers were & it’s safe to etch. So hope you do find some others with covers that are “safe” and etch well!!
Did a quick search, and majority of sites concur–don’t laser cut/etch this material unless you want to release a lot of toxins. And if the UK, it’s actually a legal issue, not just a bad idea to breath around it…
What would be great is to make a real leather cover to wrap over these notebooks–I took the idea of the rose compass free design, but modified it to work with smaller notebooks and machine sewing, and added an elastic loop riveted on the back edge… so you have a great designed cover that’s reusable by replacing the blank notebook!
As most sites I looked at said don’t use it based on toxins that can be released, I’m erring on health safety.
Being easy to work with and safe to use (with a non-industrial air filtering system) are not the same thing.
Worth looking into the details (MSDS/flammability) before using anything–it’s possible some formulations are OK–but research it before assuming it to be safe to breath any exhaust (for you or your neighbors downwind of your vent).