It was important to me that the leather was sourced from a responsible leather supplier. I was lucky to find one that uses non toxic oils and waxes, natural wax cotton threads, water based eco dyes and finishes and natural sustainable leather. The leather is very light sheepskin that has been treated with a pearlescent treatment.
Using the same method I’d found when cutting the PVC I placed segments of the leather onto the laser cutter bed and turned the leather each time a section had been completed. The problem with this method is that it requires rolling up excess leather at the sides on the laser bed. These rolled up sections make the leather raised at it’s edges effecting the cut. In these areas the laser didn’t cut through the leather entirely and I had to cut some of the pattern by hand.
Now the leather has been cut I can add it to the final frame by making a hole at the centre of the hide to allow the power and hanging wires to come through. The hanging wires can then be attached to a small hook that will discreetly hold the luminaire level.