Definition of Embossing

Embossing is a leatherwork technique that involves creating an impression on the surface of leather by pressing a design onto it. This technique is also known as blind debossing as it doesn’t require ink or foil. 

The technique is often used to add a decorative element to leather wallets, journals, and bags by creating an indented design using heat and pressure.

The design is created by pressing a metal stamp or a heated die onto the leather. Manual, pneumatic or hydraulic pressure is often used.

Embossing can also be used to brand leather products with logos or monograms. The result is a striking effect that adds depth and texture to the leather surface.

Here is a short video on how we embossed our logo on some leather multi-tool sheaths:

Embossing can be done on a variety of leather types and the depth of the impression can be adjusted based on heat, pressure, and dwell. 

We’ve embossed these Shotgun Key Fobs and Bullet Coasters using heat and pressure, and the result is impressive. 

The metal stamp or die must also be heated to the correct temperature to ensure a clear and consistent impression.

While embossing is a relatively simple technique, it requires precision and attention to detail to achieve favorable results. 

It's also important to use high-quality tools and materials to ensure the longevity and durability of the finished product.

Example of Embossing in a sentence

“The journal’s leather cover had a cool emblem embossed in it.”


Indented, recessed.

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