Why Stamp Leather? If you have never stamped leather before you may be wondering why people want to stamp their leather in the first place. There are a few reasons people stamp leather. The first, is for the craft of it. Like knitting, crocheting, or sewing, stamping leather is just one other form of a creative outlet.
Another reason people will stamp leather is for the aesthetic of it. Many leather products like belts, wallets, or bags are often stamped with a decorative design. This design serves no purpose except for the aesthetic value that it adds to the product. For example, many western products like leather cowboy belts or other accessories are stamped to give them a distinctive western look.
A final reason people stamp leather is for a functional purpose. For example, many brands will stamp leather products in order for people to act as walking marketing agents so people can see what brand of product the person is wearing. In addition, other products such as name badges or luggage tags can be made by stamping leather.
4 Steps How to Stamp Leather
- First part to stamping leather is purchasing the right type of leather. The best type of leather for stamping is vegetable tanned leather or veg tanned leather. There are also a couple other types of leather you can use, they are just either much more expensive or don’t stamp as well.
- The second step to stamping leather is getting your leather to the right shape and size for the item you are making. If you have to cut your leather, make sure to cut with the flesh side up to make sure you get a clean cut. In addition, if you need anything else done to the leather like a hole punched in it, now is the time to do it.
- Next, you need to wet the leather. Depending on how much time you have, and how serious you are about leather stamping, this process could take anywhere from a couple minutes to overnight. A quick way to wet the leather to prepare it for stamping is to get a sponge wet and then wet both sides of the leather, the top and the flesh side. This will get the job done, but it may not be good enough for more serious leather stampers. These leather crafters should soak their leather pieces in either a bathtub, shop sink, or large basin. Leave the leather in the water until no bubbles form to ensure that the water has seeped into every fiber of the leather. Then hang the leather to trip the excess water away and put it in a plastic grocery bag with all of the air taken out. Depending on how much time you have, you can let it sit for just a couple hours or overnight until you are ready to stamp.
- After getting the leather wet, you have to wait for it to begin to dry before you can stamp it. Once it is returning to its natural, dry, color but it still slightly wet, it is time to stamp!