Formed leather

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Leather is a formable material and, for certain applications, it can therefore be deformed. Whether for embossing to achieve a surface change, or to obtain round shapes for hats or balls or as art work. Leather is also pre-formed for shoes or saddles to meet the requirements for use.

For the forming of leather, tools or moulds are required. But the processing temperature, the moisture of the leather during this processing, the pressure with which the leather is pressed into the mould and time also play key roles in how strongly and permanently the leather is deformed.

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Formed by embossing: Antique leather chair.


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Deformation of the leather surface by embossing.


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Beautiful leather handbags made of deformed leather, seen at Pfeiffer Leather & Fashion.


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It is unknown, if this leather bag is made of deformed leather or if it is leather of a special shark species.


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This leather has been so strongly deformed by an unknown technique that an unusually beautiful surface was created.


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Rounding the leather as a cricket ball or as bolas (throwing weapon).


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Right: Elephant with wooden core, covered with pig leather from Ludwig the XV, seen in the DLM - German Leather Museum in Offenbach.



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Deformation of leather as art. The leather is hardened with a stiffening liquid over moulds and then dried.




Very strong three-dimensionality in a furniture leather.


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Formed shoes and bike saddle.


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Formed helmet and hats.



Special feature of this leather suitcase: The leather was seamlessly deformed into a suitcase (Sams & Son).



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The crucifixion, seen in the DLM - German Leather Museum in Offenbach. - Leather art on a leather book cover.


videos about the deformation of leather

The shaping of a leather mask.

The production of a leather bag made of formed leather.


A video about painting on leather, perforating leather, carving leather, embossing leather and several other methods to create motifs on leather.


More information on how to provide leather with designs

Additional information