I’m trying to find a replacement for leather to use as part of a key fob design I am making. It needs to be laserable (of course) and sturdy enough to fold over itself and hold the weight of a key ring. Here is the original design with the part I am trying to replace in leather.
0.15" is 9-10 oz leather; I don’t think I’ve ever seen a synthetic that thick. The Johnson stuff is very floppy.
Some other ideas:
Engrave the fob onto proofgrade maple ply and use the Johnson fake leather for the strap.
Use a heavy weight canvas for the fob and use the fake leather as trim. Not sure if you could get that fine of an engrave on canvas or not (I’m thinking the canvas threads will be too thick for good definition.)
Is this actually used? Or pretty much just hung up or stuck in a drawer? If it’s not going to see wear and tear, why not a little living hinge out of wood. You could cut a couple of holes and tap a rivet into it.
Alright, I got a number of sheets of the Saddle Collection Buckskin. It has a look and feel of leather on the front, and the back is fabric-like. It cuts easy and lasers well. However, while they listed the thickness as .046", it is actually .032" with no compression. I am annoyed about this and contacted Johnson to bring it up.
That being said, I was able to cut two pieces for what I needed and put them stacked on each other for the loop of the fob.