I've seen people use these shop presses before for die cutting of leather but for stamping purposes, how would you know when you have enough pressure on the leather?
Practice on scraps first. Probably depends on different pieces of leather, casing, and emboss plate design. When using a cutting die it is easy, as you said. Embossing takes just a little practice and you'll get the feeling for how long it takes. On some of the plates I use I'll hold it down for 10 to up to 30 seconds...
It also helps to have something under the piece of leather you want to emboss, the size of the emboss plate - to help with the embossing process and to help push the leather up into the emboss plate. I use a piece of 9/10 oz leather.
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Edited by LNLeather, 19 September 2010 - 10:32 PM.