How to Make Perforated Leather Material

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How to Make Perforated Leather Material
Create designs by perforating your leather. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

While you could buy a leather jacket off the rack like any other person, adding brands, stamps or perforations to your leather gives it a customised look. Putting small perforations in your leather garment not only adds a special touch to the piece, it also adds ventilation, cooling you down when you wear it. You could buy perforated leather to make your own part, or you could use a few tools to do it yourself.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Poly punching board
  • Beeswax block
  • Multiple hole leather punch
  • Mallet
  • Phillips-head screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Set-up your workstation on a sturdy table without any flex or lean. Place the poly punching board in front of you and put the beeswax block to the side where it's easily accessible.

  2. 2

    Place the leather item on the table. Place the area of the leather item where you want to locate the holes over the poly punching board.

  3. 3

    Dip the tips of the multiple leather hole punch into the beeswax to make it easier to remove once the punching is done. Line up the studs on the punch with the area on the leather you want to punch out. Strike the back of the punch with the mallet several times, or until the punch goes all the way through the leather.

Tips and warnings

  • Some multiple hole leather punches have removable tips, making it easy to customise your hole pattern. Unscrew the shield from the end of the punch with the Phillips-head screwdriver and pull out the pins in the punch manually.
  • If you need to repeat your pattern down a long line or a large area, you can it in a few steps. Follow steps 1 through 3 and then repeat the process on the next area. Align some of the tips in the punch with the holes you already made, but with the remaining tips out to the side. For example, if you have a 9-hole punch, line up three tips with three holes you previously made and then punch out the next six. This way, you'll have a clean line of holes down the leather object.

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