How the Embossing Process Works On an Embossed Leather Portfolio
An embossed leather portfolio is different from an engraved one. Whereas an engraved portfolio features something that is cut into the leather body, an embossed one features a raised leather surface.
Embossing is a process that entails raised patterns being produced on the natural grain of the leather surface. You can get one of many patterns applied on your portfolio, including:
- A floral design
- Your name
- Your business’ name or logo
- A series of symmetrical lines
- An animal-style print, including a crocodile skin-style look
But how does the embossing process work when producing an embossed leather portfolio? A few steps are used here:
- A chipboard needs to be designed at the start. The chipboard will feature the embossed pattern. For cases where a name or logo is to be used, the reverse of the image should be prepared. The chipboard can be as large or small as it has to be.
- A foam bonding appears on the back of the leather. The foam keeps the leather in its place, so it will not sag or shift in the embossing process.
- The leather is added to the chipboard surface. The foam should applied on the surface to produce the best possible look as well. The chipboard should appear underneath the leather surface.
- The leather is then rolled under an embossing machine. The machine will be set based on how much pressure or heat is to be added.
- The leather should then cool off for a bit. A cooling period is necessary for ensuring the leather stays strong.
- The leather will be collected and then stitched together with many parts to produce your leather portfolio.
This distinct process will produce an outstanding embossed surface. A few points will go into the process of producing an embossed leather portfolio:
- Extra pressure is necessary in the embossing process to produce a more detailed shape. The pressing will be stronger and more durable if the added pressure is put in.
- The stamping pressure would have to be applied for a little longer to make it work. When the stamping pressure is longer, the embossing is stronger.
- Heat is also critical for the success of the embossing process. The heat needs to be warm enough to where the leather becomes soft for pressing. This makes it easier for the embossing to stay intact.
- The leather must also be hydrated before the embossing begins. Added moisture helps keep the leather soft. It is easier for leather to be altered when it is moist.
The good thing about an embossed leather portfolio is that you can produce as large of a design as you wish. The design should be engineered to where it is visible and easy to clean off. But even then, the fact that the entire portfolio can come with the same embossed pattern is something of note.
An embossed leather portfolio will make for an attractive accessory for your use. You’ll need to look at how well the embossing process works, so you will enjoy toting your accessory around while having a quality design that makes it stand out.