by Tactile Craftworks ®
Let's Get Started
To reduce the risk of injury user must read instruction manuals for all tools used in this project. Wear eye and respiratory protection. Use clamps to support work piece whenever practical.
Check out the embedded video for orientation and an overview of the project at the below link. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOmhgoD7Z9U
Download the laser cut / engrave file from this page by using the download button above.
Unzip and Import
Unzip the contents of the .zip folder containing all of the cut and engrave files. Import the files into your Dremel Laser software one by one and orient them so they are on top of your leather work piece. You can use the auto array feature if working with a uniform piece of material and more than one tag is desired. You can also place the file in multiple locations on the material to maximize the use of any scraps or uniform pieces.
Run Cut Files
After placing the files on your work piece, selecting leather from the material library, send your luggage tag to the laser by clicking "start" in the software. Go to your laser to run the job. File names to cut and number of pieces needed: "Luggage_Tag_Back.PDF" "Luggage_Tag_Front.PDF" "Luggage_Tag_Strap.PDF"
Use a Q-tip to apply a thin line of contact glue to the edge of the piece that will make the front and back of the luggage tag. Be sure to avoid too much glue as this will cause it to be pushed out of the sides and be visible on the finished product. Cut clear plastic transparency to size then place the clear plastic transparency so that the edge of it is being glued to the front piece of the luggage tag where the glue was applied. Then apply more contact glue on top of the plastic and secure the other piece of the luggage tag to this, ensuring that the edges are aligned. It is also important to make sure that the holes on the two pieces are aligned, and that they are not being blocked by any glue.
Using your needle and thread, stitch together your already glued pieces of leather using the holes that were already cut out in the cut file. Start on one end by tying a knot and then stitch all the way to the other end, where you will finish your stitch with another small knot. It is recommended to start at the top of the strap. This step differs from the video above and the picture shown, as that version was done using a sewing machine, and had no holes.
Set the hardware on the strap, locating it towards one end of the strap with 2 circular holes and one oblong hole as shown in the picture below. Secure the buckle in place by folding over the leather so that the two circular holes in the picture are aligned. Then set jiffy rivet in these holes and secure using a setting tool, giving it a few firm hits.
Insert a screw on rivet through the hole in the flap of the tag as shown in the picture. This rivet is secured by holding the flat end in place and screwing the ball end until tight. The strap can then be attached through the slot at the top of the tag.
Edge Polishing (Optional)
For a top quality finished look, the edge of the tag can also be treated with a beeswax and then buffed with a Dremel rotary tool with a burnish tip, before finally being polished and cleaned up with a scrap piece of leather.