Below is a quick overview of the processes involved in creating that special look on your leather. Our customer wanted something unique to give as a present so we worked together to design what you see below. The design involved pencils, pens and a helping hand from the boy 'Tocsick' down at Relm Design with some Adobe Illustrator magic (way beyond my skill set!)
The design was signed off by the customer and it was off to the workshop to setup the laser machine and prep the leather for engraving.
This is going to sound obvious but when dreaming up designs for your pieces then remember the laser will turn everything DARKER (it BURNS whatever it touches), We do repeatedly get asked if we can laser engrave a dark coloured belt with a message in say, white, or light grey...sorry, no can do I'm affraid. If you're having a belt made and fancy a clever design of your choice on the product then the lighter the leather is dyed, the more the laser work will stand out.
We charge for laser work depending on the amount of work we have to do to the design. Even if you supply what you think is a finished file we still have to calibrate the laser machine to the graphic it's going to be working with. The final price is also directly linked to the time the laser machine takes to engrave or cut into the finish item. Laser time works out to be about £1/min. The example above took the laser 30mins to engrave (you can do the maths!). The Silent Sid Skull and Signature takes about 1 minute from start to finish