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elephants in the air

I have used laser cutter for several years in architecture school but never cut leather before, so I decided to try leather this time. Meanwhile, a friend of mine is expecting a baby soon, and I have been thinking about giving her something unique for a while. This elephant mobile came in mind when I saw a cute baby elephant video on facebook.

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I made the following file in illustrator:

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…and tested on cardboard:

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I used a 1/16″ grey colored leather for the elephant. Although, I input the settings according to our chart, it still took me two runs to cut through. While I’m happy with the cute appearance, the smell is overwhelming…

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The bad smell from burnt leather never went away after weeks. As a result I cannot give them to my friend as a baby’s toy. I might find a place for them in a future project.

One Comment

  1. Ben Light Ben Light September 26, 2016

    Good job. I so glad you tried leather. Where did you get it?
    If you are going to hang them as a mobile, you might want to add a hole to the back of your elephants in the Illustrator file.
    Yes, the smell of laser cut leather is terrible.

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