Playing around with our Full Spectrum 40W 20″x12″ 5th Gen Hobby laser, etched the artwork of Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasures” on a piece of scrap leather. The results were terrific, the smell was terrible.
Check out my Prize Winning Instructable - as seen on Lifehacker – for full details on how to cheaply and easily waterproof your canvas or cotton gear, it also makes a great conditioner for leather.
All you need is equal parts beeswax and canning wax, a double boiler, paintbrush and a heat gun or torch to apply it. I tried my jacket out both before and after waxing it and the difference was amazing.