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Offline hayshaker

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on using leather stamping tools
« on: January 19, 2018, 05:07:45 PM »
I just bought a few stamping tools from hobby lobby.
the company is real leather crafts out of indiana
but thier made in china.
anyhoo i was wanting to know if the hammer you use
is all important? i'm using a rubber mallet at the moment.
it's not very heavy so does it have tobe?
cause when i smack down on the stamp it leaves a very slight impresssion
and not a more pronounced one as I would expect, what cout be going wrong in all this?
and crap these things cost ten bucks a piece.

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Re: on using leather stamping tools
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2018, 05:35:44 PM »
Are you using the folding table?
 Dampened leather? The mallets sold for leather craft are usually light weight affairs. I shouldn't give much advice since I've only risked a few to the stamps.
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Re: on using leather stamping tools
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2018, 05:51:53 PM »
I do a lot of stamping.  If you dampen (lightly with a spray bottle) your leather and use a proper backing, a light mallet is called for.  I use a rawhide mallet.  If you use something too heavy it is very easy to cut your leather while stamping.

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Re: on using leather stamping tools
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2018, 06:26:18 PM »
well i am using the folding table with a corian cutting board.
should i be using a more solid base than the table?
and what should i be looking for as in regards to hammer weight and type of material?
should i be using rawhide or what?

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Re: on using leather stamping tools
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2018, 06:31:38 PM »
I think so on the solid base, or at least set up over the leg. The mallets are light >guess< 8oz.
 Solid support with no bounce
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Re: on using leather stamping tools
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2018, 07:03:48 PM »
i'm going to have to work on that then for sure.

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Re: on using leather stamping tools
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2018, 07:56:52 PM »
Try direct on the floor (with corian) as a quick experiment. If you haven't burnt all your stump wood maybe you can make a suitable bench top with that- large enough diameter + tall enough, maybe a wide 2x 8,10,12 on top  :cheers:
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Re: on using leather stamping tools
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2018, 08:14:50 PM »
Tandy sells (or sold) granite and marble slabs for tooling. You case the leather by wiping it with a damp sponge first, then lay your tooling pattern over it and trace the lines with a stylus. Then you do your knife work first (if any), followed by stamping. If you need to take a break for a few minutes, cover the leather with cellophane so it doesn't dry out while you are away.

A rawhide or poly mallet is usually the tool of choice. Anything that won't bounce too bad and is soft enough not to mushroom the heads of the stamps.

Back in the old days they used to make their own stamps by cutting the patterns in with files.

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Re: on using leather stamping tools
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2018, 09:42:50 PM »
Be careful not to get the leather too wet, or it won't take a lasting impression. You just want to soften the surface a bit, not get it saturated.
I have two wooden mallets. One is half the weight of the other, but both are the same size. One I believe is pine, or fir, the other is maple.  The light weight one never gets used now. The maple mallet is small with a head about 2" long, and 1 1/2" in diameter.
As was said, any hammer that's soft (e.g., rubber mallet) is not going to work right for you.
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Re: on using leather stamping tools
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2018, 04:12:53 AM »
thanks so much for the input and ideas.
i have some very dense exotic hard wood dowels
in the shop, so mabey today i'll make me a few hammers for stamping.
i think some ebony would work well. gosh this is fun i mean making your
own tools for the shop and all. my leather should arrive mon or tues, yeah.
then it's showtime.i'll post a photo of the hammer when i'm done

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Re: on using leather stamping tools
« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2018, 09:51:25 AM »
Sweetgum wood makes a good mallet
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Re: on using leather stamping tools
« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2018, 11:22:51 AM »
Ebony would be an excellent choice!
As for making tools, I started leather stamping before I could afford the real deal. I made several stamps out of 20p nail heads, using a Dremel tool. I ground off the pointy end, and used the Dremel to make leaf stamps, and others I copied from pictures of "real" tools.
I've never visited the Tandy Leather website, but they used to be my go-to source for any leather, or tools.
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Re: on using leather stamping tools
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2018, 12:10:51 PM »
Like crashdive, I use a lightweight, rawhide mallet.....you're looking for control, not weight.   For your tooling surface, check out someone that deals in marble or granite countertops for scrap pieces.  Cheap and very effective choices. 8)
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Re: on using leather stamping tools
« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2018, 12:51:33 PM »
Might be worth trying a piece of leather or rawhide on the face of the wooden mallet to help prevent splitting.

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Re: on using leather stamping tools
« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2018, 01:27:42 PM »
For the stone anvil aspect of the craft hayshaker said he was using a corian cutting board. Since I'm not sure what they look like, I sorta pictured a thick piece of corian, which in real life is probably not as dense and heavy as stone.

I think PW is right as well. Ebony is nice and dense, but often brittle. And there is something of a good chance for shorter than expected life. Almost anything else would be better as a temporary wood mallet until you can get a rawhide one. Tandy also offers a cheap-o plastic one.
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Re: on using leather stamping tools
« Reply #15 on: January 20, 2018, 03:03:41 PM »
thanks PW i'll try that