How to Emboss on Leather
Leather working bench with embossing tools. picture: r/LeatherClassifieds by GenFranklinKirby
Embossing vs EngravingThe leather embossing process is different from leather engraving. Leather embossing compresses the leather while leather engraving removes some amount of leather by scrapping or cutting. Each process will achieve different results depending on your preference.
Embossing vs Debossing
Embossing are two sides of the same coin. Or two sides of the same fabric. One process raises the material, while the other process lowers the material.
An embossed image
With embossed designs, the image "pokes up." Embossing creates a raised image. The design is raised, pushing outward from the surface, like a building on a flat ground.
Debossing is the opposite.
A debossed leather image design
Debossing uses a 3-D image to imprint a design into a flat surface. Debossing is much easier to do yourself.
Read more about the art of debossing on our blog.
Embossing vs Debossing: Bottom line: Where embossing is convex, debossing is concave. People use the terms interchangeably.
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How to Emboss LeatherHere is the process of how to emboss leather:
1. Use a damp sponge and moisten the leather we want to work on. This process makes the material easier to manipulate. Be careful not to soak the leather because the more water it holds, the longer it takes to dry. Make sure to wipe the surface you’ll be working on.
2. Fasten the leather onto a steady surface so it doesn’t move when you start to work on it.
3. Use the stamp and leather embossing tools in one hand, and the mallet in the other hand.
4. Arrange the stamp front side up on the surface of the leather.
5. Using the mallet with your dominant hand holding it, press the stamp into the leather. Practicing this step will make it perfect and you’ll be able to fine-tune the technique eventually.
Embossing Happy Face Basketweave pattern Maverick Leather Company
image courtesy of Bailey Knives
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