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I have been experimenting to find the best way to engrave leather with the Cricut Maker. Should you use the engraving tool or the debossing tool? Should the leather be wet or dry? We are sharing the answers to all of that and so much more. We have talked about cutting leather with your Cricut and now it is time to take it one step further. So, get ready to do all the leather projects with your Cricut machine!
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Materials used for engraving leather with the Cricut Maker:
- Leather (I am using the Cricut leather for all tests. I do realize that different leathers will react differently and I may do another post on that later.)
- Cricut Maker (this is the only machine that will do this project)
- Engraving tip (see more about it here)
- Debossing tip (see more about it here)
- Cut file (get the cut file for the keyring here)
- Cricut knife blade for cutting leather (see more about it here)
Video on How to Engrave Leather with the Cricut Maker
Want to see all of this information on a video? Just watch below!
Can’t watch or want to see more about the samples?
Debossing Versus Engraving Leather
I started by comparing the two tips on dry leather. You will need to put your leather face up on a strong grip mat to do any engraving or debossing. This will shorten the life of your mat so be aware of this before beginning any Cricut leather projects. Be sure to bray it down well to the mat and use masking tape around the outer edge to hold it into place.
You can see my results below. The one on the left is debossing and the one on the right is engraving. You can see right away that engraving leather is hands down the winner. The debossing is present on the surface but you can really barely see the imprint.
You can engrave leather with the Cricut Maker, however. The lines are really pronounced and the project came out really well.
Wetting the Leather
So, what happens if you wet the leather? I did this a few different ways. The first was to wet the leather well from the back. This causes a BIG issue. The leather will not stick as well to the mat. I stuck it as well as I could and used tape around the outer edge. The debossing was barely visible on the wet leather (piece on the right).
The deboss tip barely made a mark on the wet leather.
Engraving did make a deeper imprint on the leather as can be seen on the right below.
However, see the differences between the two pieces? The leather moves ever so slightly as it is not down well on the mat due to it being wet. These results are therefore not good at all given that you cannot get the full engraving.
But what happens if you barely wet the leather? For these next few, I put dry leather down on the mat and secured it with tape. Then I took a sponge and barely dampened the top of the leather. For the debossing tip, there wasn’t really much difference between dry and barely wet (on the left).
The engraving tip may have been a LITTLE cleaner with the barely wet (on the left).
I wouldn’t really say there was much of a difference but if I was being picky then I would barely wet the leather before cutting. So, for me, the best way to engrave leather with the Cricut Maker is either dry or barely wet. Now that we know the Cricut is good at engraving leather, what will we make with these pieces?
How to Make a Leather Keychain
Let’s pull this piece together and turn it into a fun keychain! It only takes a few minutes and you will love the results.
Supplies to make a leather keychain:
How to make a leather keychain:
- Fold-over top of the leather piece. Stick doubled over piece into crop-a-dile and punch a hole through both pieces.
- Thread keyring through and fold back over.
- Insert rivet into holes so it goes through both pieces.
- Then use rivet tools in the kit with a hammer and fold over rivet to secure.
This quick and easy leather keychain is simple to make with your Cricut Maker. Now that you know how to engrave leather with the Cricut Maker, you can make all of the things!
Give our tips for engraving leather with the Cricut a try! You are going to love the results!
Love this post on leather engraving with a Cricut and want more ideas? Try the links below!
- How to Use the Cricut Wavy Blade (with video)
- Can the Cricut Maker Cut Acrylic?
- Make Your Own Koozie with a Cricut
- How to Make a Stencil with a Cricut
- Embossed Leather Earrings
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