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Hi all,  pardon my ignorance.do you stamp after you mold the leather or before? Thanks

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It's hard to stamp after you mold the leather into a shape. It could be done, but it would require a molding object rigid enough to stand up to repeated blows and to make crisp impressions. Plus, you would now be working in 3-D, instead of working on a flat surface. 
So stamping or tooling is going to come first, before you mold the tooled/stamped leather around the object.

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Either way - what's called "tooled" leather is often done flat, "embossing" leather is often done after basic forming.  I don't have much use for 3-d "set it on a shelf somewhere to look at" leather, but it IS done.

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