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Hand-Tooling the Pattern

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Hand-Tooling the Pattern

The Background Tool

The first stamping tool applied to the cut pattern of a custom hand-tooled belt is the background tool.  This tool creates a three-dimensional look by creating definition between the floral pattern and the background.  The background tool creates imprints of small circles and must be tapped repeatedly to cover even a small area of background.  Skillful application creates a blended texture to all background areas and sets the stage for applying other tools to the floral portion of the pattern.

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