To apply the leather to the table, start by piping Liquid Nails® adhesive onto the table top. Then set the leather on the Liquid Nails® and rub it around so the Liquid Nails® is spread under the leather.
This project needed extra color for my taste so I painted the tint onto the scrolling with an acrylic wash of color. Make sure that you are using a wash rather than using the acrylic color straight. You want the color to penetrate the leather.
When starting the back ground, punch in around the cuts first then punch in the rest of the area needing background texture. Make sure the tool that you are using is perpendicular to the leather.
I use the shader as I would use a paint brush. On this project I want to sink the middle of the scrolls so that the outside edges of the scroll appear to be higher.
When you start chiseling the leather, make sure that you follow the cut lines exactly or you will end up with a sloppy looking project. Hold the chisel perpendicular to the leather to mound the leather on each side of the cut line.
These are the leather tools that I will be using on this project. From left to right; angle chisel, medium pear shader, small pear shader, small mottled back ground tool and large back ground tool.