Engraving leather welding aprons

engraving leather welding aprons

When Kate from The Cheesy Toast Shack asked me to engrave signs for their Edinburgh Festival pitch, she also asked if I could engrave aprons with their logo. Kate had found suede welding aprons and thought they would fit the image of The Cheesy Toast Shack perfectly. Staff members would wear these while serving their delicious toasties.

How to engrave an apron

Cut into a traditional apron shape from thick suede with a breast pocket, these aprons were beautiful and quite heavy. Kate had bought four of them.

I had cut and engraved leather before so I was sure we would get great results. Suede has a fuzzier and more textured surface than leather. A dark engraving would look great on them, like a brand.

Kate wondered about getting them engraved below the pockets. When I tried one on, we realised that this would probably be too low to be seen by customers looking up into the van. So we decided that engraving the pockets would give the logos maximum visual impact and frame them nicely. We measured the pockets and I resized the logo to fit neatly in the middle.

Engraving suede

Concerned that the engravings might burn through the suede completely, I test engraved one on the back of the pocket where it wouldn’t be seen.  After a couple of tests, I was confident that the engravings would be dark enough, but wouldn’t damage the aprons in any way.

As suede is flexible, I set up the laser with the honeycomb bed. It keeps non rigid materials like fabric, paper and flexible plastics flat during production. This is important as the laser needs to maintain focus on a material as it cuts or engraves.

Laying the aprons flat in the machine, I set up the laser head over the pockets and checked that the engraving would be correctly located. Logo detail like the toasting iron handle engraved crisply and the dark mark complimented the ochre suede. After processing four aprons, the workshop needed ventilating as engraving leather leaves a smell like burning flesh, even with extraction!

Kate was delighted with how the aprons came out. They added a great finishing touch to their food van along with their new recycled scaffolding board signs.


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