I just wet my leather

Interesting test. I just soaked a piece of leather until it stopped fizzing. I wiped it off and ran some test cuts and engraves.

It really cut down on the smoke and the leather doesn’t smell too bad. There wasn’t much smoke staining until I really fried it.

Going to switch to the computer to add the settings…

Thickness: 0.06"

From left to right (GF Pro),



Not sure what happened between 200 and 220. :wink:

Engraves (Opps, didn’t write down the first set but both sets started at 65)


All of the engraves came out nice. The 65 was a nice and shallow cut while the full power went almost all the way through the leather. For the cuts I would probably use about 175 or 180.

Now on to the project test…


A word of caution. The leather swelled to 0.09” thick after some time and didn’t cut all the way through. :yum:

Still, it was good enough to move to the next step.


That second pic actually looks pretty awesome.

It looks like a shoulder piece for some badass leather armor.


It does. Maybe for a ferret since it is only an inch or so across. I’m working on an earring design.


FWIW I had a similar experience when I was zapping slices of wet wood. No soot at all. (Of course most of them bent all over the place when they dried, but maybe I could fix that. Hmm, maybe frozen instead of wet.)

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Great idea! To cut down on warpage, wet both sides equally and then put wax paper on the good side, then heavy objects, such as cutting boards & books, on top.

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Warping wasn’t an issue with the leather but a good weight will help with the wood. It might take some the to equalize.

Hello lairdknox, I keep hearing that you should not run a laser with any wet or damp material. The article doesn’t say whether or not it causes problems with the laser or what. Can you shed some light on this subject since you laser with wet leather; I’m a newbie and don’t want to damage or cause problems with the equipment?

Thank you so very much for any guidance you can give me. “Sam” :grinning:

If you use a dry towel and some flat tiles, you can clamp the wet wood and it will dry flat and stay flat


Sorry I haven’t been on the forums for quite some time. The damp leather was interesting but didn’t really buy me that much. I just put veg tanned leather straight into the forge now. I then use a couple of cotton balls with some isopropyl alcohol to clean off the smoke. I generally don’t worry too much about the smoke stains because I am usually either going for an aged look or an uneven dye job in general.

The leather wasn’t that wet that it was dripping on the electronics or creating clouds of steam when cut. As long as you stick with vegetable tanned leather it should be fine dry or damp.

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I was only able to cut some Zebrawood by getting it wet. With all the clouds of smoke and fumes I doubt that even fairly wet leather would be noticed much as the point under the laser would dry out immediately but the part a quarter inch away not so much. More energy would be needed to cut through but at the result would be the same on the face of the cut.

Thank you so very much for your feedback and have a great rest of the day. “Sam”