'Way back in prehistoric Glowforge days there was a discussion on this:
The final consensus was that you couldn’t really engrave / score with the GF and then tool your leather.
Well, fortunately for me I hadn’t read that discussion yet, and had the same thought the other day, so I tried it. I cut a circle of PG thick leather, did a draft score (with masking in place) of a rose outline, and then tooled it. You can see the score lines, but I think that has more to do with my lack of expertise with my swivel knife than any issue with the scoring, and a lighter score might be a lot less obvious…
These are the ones I used on the rose. They’re a cheap Chinese-made set I found on eBay so I could try out tooling before spending too much money. (I have a feeling I’m going to be spending too much money.)
Seriously? I know we all see the flaws in our own work but honestly, that’s a gorgeous piece. The shadows are well done and give it the depth I think you were going for. The outlines are crisp and clean. I would expect that starting with a precision pattern gives a slightly wider margin of error in the later steps. Anyway, good on you! It looks great.
Thank you! That gives me hope that I can master this. I’ve been watching videos trying to get a feel for the art, but it’s kind of hard to know if I’m doing it right with no one to give me feedback on my work.
I work in wood not leather so I have no expertise to provide criticism of the work, constructive or otherwise. However, I’m an expert on what I like and if that piece is any indication I’m sure you will be up to speed in no time. Looking forward to seeing your progress!