A homemade wallet!
This is my first blog (Pauls blog) and it will be short but exciting!
I have been doing a lot of laser cutting and engraving for the upcoming Maker Faire in San Francisco on the 19th of May 2017 but what is missing so far are cutting and engraving on different materials. I decided to do a wallet and keep in mind I have never worked with leather before or made a wallet. This will be the test if someone with no skill can be productive with the new K40 controller and the toolchain.
My first step was to look for existing designs because I have literally no knowledge of the subject. This was difficult because nobody had any designs or patterns ready in svg format to use. I managed to find a wallet on Pinterest from a maker called ‘highonglue’ see www.highonglue.com which is very simple and elegant and ideal for a starter like me. I ordered the leather on ebay and hoping that it would be the right material since I did not know what actually to order. The hide arrived and it looked great for price I paid ($15).
I traced the pattern from maker Highonglue in Inkscape, converted it to g code through the menu option, ‘trace object to path’ and laser cut plugin ‘J tech photonics’ and did a cut on my laser at 5mm/sec on 3mA (yes it was my first cut since I replace the tube for new laser tube from reci laser). One cut and it came out great! Next was a custom engraving of text and a stamp. Used the text editor in Inkscape and traced the bitmap of the Awesome stamp. Used my engraving plugin and engraved the text and stamp. Then the assembly through stitching it together. This was the hard part since the yarn I used was sailmaker yarn that I had laying around. The knots just came loose after a round of stitching. So ended this issue by glueing the knots. And there it is: a wallet!
Big text engraving
Happy making! See you in San Fran in May.