We are so excited to finally announce the launch of our CarveRite craftaids! These poly patterns will make an impression on your leather and your customers. These handy aids make hand tooling your work a breeze with raised designs that work like a pattern in a convenient two-step process! Durable and reusable, they’re a crafter’s dream and now available from Springfield Leather Company.
Today, we’ll be showing you the quick and easy process of getting started, plus all of the things you’ll need to get your finished product. Each CarveRite comes with a page of instructions very similar to the ones you see here.
- Leather – that fits the size of the CarveRite design you want to use
- Water – preferably in a spray bottle for the right amount of moisture
- Modeling Spoon – or a tool that you can burnish with
- Swivel Knife
Step 1 – Wet the leather
Lay your leather flat and use a spray bottle to moisten the surface. The amount of water you’ll need to add depends on your leather among other things. It takes some practice to figure out how much water you need – just be careful to not get the leather soaking wet! You can always add more water later.
Step 2 – Line up the CarveRite
Place the CarveRite on your leather ensuring that the textured side is facing the leather.
Step 3 – Make an impression
Rub a modeling spoon or another burnishing tool evenly across the back of the CarveRite, making sure to cover all of the design’s lines. This will press the design into the leather.
Step 4 – Trace Your Design
Remove the CarveRite and use your swivel knife to carve the lines imprinted on the leather. Finish up with standard tooling magic methods.
You can get your own CarveRite at our website. You can click the links above to get all of the products you need at SLC. To learn more about tooling, you can browse what we have on the blog or check out tooling videos on our YouTube Channel.