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DIY Smartphone Case … all brand-new!

This quick & easy DIY will help avoiding all possibility of confusion when it comes to your smartphone! All you need is a poker work pen and possibly your leather case you’d like to decorate. I was bored out of my mind, seeing my smartphone case all blank and monotone, which is why I decided to brand it with my favorite quote from Ze Frank’s Invocation of beginnings  (video link down below).

But: I have to warn you. Branding leather stinks!  Therefore, you should only try it in a well ventilated room or – even better – directly out in the open (for example on your balkony).

You’ll need:

a poker work pen, the leather case (which you want to decorate), some paper, a pen and a thick piece of cloth or leather for tryouts.


Make sure that it is real leather you’re working with. Imitations will only melt, smell bad and look awful afterwards.

If you like, you can start right away. Alternatively, you can scribble some drafts on a piece of paper until you are satisfied with the sketch. Also: Practice working with the poker work pen on a thick piece of cloth or leather to get to know it better. Otherwise you might be disappointed when some lines turn out thicker than you wanted them to be. It might also help to draw around the edges of your case or bag  … or whatever piece of leather you’d like to work on, to use this drawing  as a template. If you know how much space you’ll have to draw or write on, it will be easier to design a motive.

For you will need to run your poker work pen on the highest level (mine was preheated to 750°C), make sure you can put it some place save or on something heat-resistant afterwards to let it cool down.

Depending on which tool you use, it should take up to 5 minutes, until the poker work pen is up and running. Make sure that you do not burn your fingertips while you use it. The wire is hot as hell … I speak from experience 😀

Let me know if you try it yourself! If you like, post a link with stuff you made all brand-new! 😉

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