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How To Use Basket weave
Stamps For Leather - Part II
By Bob Sherman
In part one of this article I
covered the basics of stamping a basket weave pattern. In part two I will
discuss how to provide a nice border. As you may have noticed, the basket
weave pattern has an irregular border. Because of this a bordering method
different from that used for most leather carving is normally used.
Border Method One
This is my preferred method as it provides more definition on the
edge and a cleaner appearance in my opinion.
Use a swivel
knife to cut your border lines - the cut should be approximately halfway
through the leather.
Use a beveling
tool and mallet
to bevel the inside of the cut line.
My preferred beveler is one with a crosshatch pattern as shown
here, but any pattern standard beveling tool will work.
Note: Do not use a figure beveler or undercut beveler for this.
Strike it with the mallet - your results should be similar to
the photo at right.
Use a semi circular border
tool to stamp around the inside of the cut edge. This will fill in much
of the blank space where the basket weave tool did not fit.
Note: It is a very good idea to measure how many impressions will fit before
starting. The impressions may be slightly overlapped (as shown to right in
photo) or slightly separated (left in photo) as needed to make the border
look more uniform.
Border Method 2
I personally do not care for this method, but it is a viable bordering method
for those who don't want to or can't use a swivel knife. Since swivel knife
usage takes some practice this would be the preferred method when working
with groups and children.
The technique is the same so basically these illustrations just show this
technique used with various stamping tools.
is a very good idea to measure how many impressions will fit before starting.
The impressions may be slightly overlapped (as shown to left in photo) or
slightly separated (right in photo) as needed to make the border look more
Align the tool on border line and hit it with a mallet .
thing but with a different stamp style.
Yet another style. Any suitably sized stamp may be used for this technique.
My complete demonstration piece showing all 4 border treatments.
Smaller basket weave stamps work better for smaller projects. The stamp used
for this small project was a bit too large causing more blank space around
Small stamps will work fine of large projects, but will take much monger
Always use a straight edge when marking your lines.
The alignment of every stamp impression is based on your first two rows -
use extra care when stamping these.
Basket weave patterns are simple to do once the proper technique is learned.
Disclaimer: The information presented here is accurate to the
best of my knowledge and leather working practices as of the time of this
writing - June 2009. The author and the publisher accept no liability for
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article is presented for informational purposes and is used at your own risk.
Author: Bob Sherman
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