How to Carve & Tool Leather

These days this would be printed or otherwise applied using a machine. This guide shows you how to do it by hand. In case you're curious. I realize this is not for everyone to do at home...

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Print out the design you want to transfer. Moisten the leather and let it sit for a few minutes until the surface is soft. Place the design on the leather and trace it to leave an imprint.

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This is the initial imprint.

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Use a swivel knife or scalpel to cut along the lines.

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Using the set of beveler stamps, go along the outer lines to create a three dimensional look.

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Add details using different stamping tools (they are available as a starter set on amazon). Holding the tools on angles helps to achieve the effect you can see in the bottom part of the image.

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The swivel knife is then used to cut the leather to add more details in the clouds.

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After adding oils and dyes, this is the finished design.

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Another version of the design

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Close up

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