Whilst working on a leather sheath for a knife I was making, I thought that the border stamps that came with my basic leathercraft kit were looking pretty stale. So I set out to make something custom that makes my leatherwork truly unique!
The tools required are basic and common to most workshops:
- Needle file set
- Drill & Bits
- Permanent marker (fine tip)
You will also need some kind of steel rod, preferably stainless, say 10mm or 3/8" in diameter. I happened to find some stainless rod from discarded crib at the dump.
Step 1: Cut the Rod Into Pieces
I made the stamps 100mm (4") long and cleaned the ends with a file and a little sand paper.
Step 2: Get Out Your Files
Grab a fine tip marker and be creative. Regular files and needle files can shape a variety of details in the ends of the stamps. These are my lightning bolt and leaf stamps and how they look on lightly whetted leather.
Step 3: Shape Some More!
This one I call bubble blocks. It it made by drilling various holes in the end of a squared up rod.
Step 4: And a Few More...
Some more ideas for you. Cross Bloc, Death Star and Random Impact. Random Impact is made with a hardened steel punch and hammer.