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Hi everyone! Is there anyone who can help me out with tips on tooling maple leaf? I tried to find some tutorials but had no luck with that. I believe starter tools would be enough?

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Hi Leather V

Sorry I cant help you with your question as I am still figuring out tooling myself but was wondering where you are from? ... I am assuming Canada?  I'm in BC.

Regan

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Skills can make up for lacking tools, and tools MAY make up for lacking skill, but in the end, proper tools and proper skill will do wonders for good maple leaf tooling. Practice, however, trumps all. And a lifting tool will help, for sure. 

Jeff

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Do you already have a correctly sized pattern that can be traced for the look you want? If not, that's the first step.
Tooling the leaves will require (as a minimum):

- Swivel knife
- Beveler (textured or smooth, depending on preference)
- A Pear Shader or Thumbprint to create the burnished "dents" in the leaf
- a petal lifter is nice, but is not absolutely necessary IMO to get a good looking result, but it DOES make a nice difference. .

Others here are MUCH better than I, so definitely wait for some others to chime in.

Good Luck, and welcome to the forum.

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When I took the basic leather crafting course at Tandy, a maple leaf coaster was one of our projects. The only tool that wasn't in the basic kit was a petal lifter (U 851). Here's the pattern we used:

Let me know if you can download it okay. If not, I will scan it as a .jpg file. The arrows point to where the petal lifter was needed. Our instructor let us borrow one for the project. Everything else was just basic cutting and beveling and a bit of pear shading! 

Edit: oops, there are no arrows on the diagram. The lifter was used in 4 spots, at the deepest part of the lobes of the leaf. If the leaf were a clock, that would be at 2, 4, 8 and 10.

Here's the finished product. However, this was not my first effort! 

 

 

 

maple leaf .pdf

coaster_crop.jpg

Edited by Sheilajeanne

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https://www.leathercraftlibrary.com/product/1628/projects-designs-coaster-designs 

This has a great maple leaf design on it with a tip sheet with the tools used. My first real tooling project was the pine cones from this pack. 

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https://www.leathercraftlibrary.com/product/1318/maple-leaf-and-seeds-corner-design

This pattern is a great one for a corner. 

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3 hours ago, Rbarleatherworks said:

Hi Leather V

Sorry I cant help you with your question as I am still figuring out tooling myself but was wondering where you are from? ... I am assuming Canada?  I'm in BC.

Regan

According to his IP address @LeatherV is from Sofia Bulgaria.  I recommend that all members add their location to their profile so other members can give the best information and help relative to the area they are from.

Tom

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That's the same design we used for our project. Looking at it, I can see the lifter was Craftool B60, not U851, which is a mulefoot stamp. There are some nice designs there! Three of those flowers are provincial emblems for Canada: the trillum (Ontario) the dogwood (B.C.) and the wild rose (Alberta).

Think I'm going to download that sheet!

Edited by Sheilajeanne

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