Beveling & Splitting Info
Beveling & Splitting Lace and its various effects and uses
Disclaimer-I don't claim to be a expert or guru, just sharing what I know. Learning is a ever evolving process!
-By DaneCraft Leather Shop
Leather lacing is an essential element in many leather crafting techniques, including braiding, lacing, weaving and knotting. One of the key aspects of preparing leather lacing for these uses is to bevel and split it. There are various tools on the market to bevel and split lace, with varying designs and pros/cons. We personally use the Lacemaster braiders shaft to split lace, and the Lacemaster Hansen shaft to bevel our lace.
In this article, we will discuss why leather lacing is beveled and split for braiding.
First, let's define what it means to bevel and split leather lacing. Beveling refers to the process of removing the sharp edge from the leather lace. It involves cutting the edge of the lace at an angle, creating a gradual slope that tapers down to the lace's center.
Splitting, on the other hand, involves cutting the leather lace all along the back (flesh) side of its length to remove and uneven spots or thin it down further to your specifications or to match the thickness of all your lacing, while keeping its length and width the same.
Now let's examine why beveling and splitting leather lacing is essential in braiding.
- Beveling the edges of leather lacing creates a smooth, rounded edge that is visually appealing. This process removes any rough, uneven edges and creates a finished, polished look. Splitting the lacing down to a thinner width makes it easier to work with and creates a more streamlined look, especially when multiple strands are braided together. Which can be useful both in braids, knots, weaves, and certain types of buckstitch if you want a more seamless flush look.
Easier to Work With
- Beveling and splitting the leather lacing make it easier to manipulate and work with. The beveled edge prevents the lace from catching on other materials when buckstitching, backbraiding or snagging on itself during the braiding process. It also helps to prevent fraying and unraveling of the lace, making it more durable and long-lasting.
- The beveled edge of the leather lacing is not only visually appealing but also much more comfortable to handle. The rounded more seamless edge provides a softer grip that is easier on the hands when braiding for long periods as well as in finished items that are used in the hand, such as dog show leads, reigns, straps, etc. Additionally, the beveled edge reduces the chance of the lace cutting into the skin, which can be painful and cause discomfort when braiding or in a finished product.
Beveling and splitting leather lacing are crucial steps in preparing it for braiding smooth braided or weaved items. These processes improve the lacing's aesthetics, make it easier to work with and vastly enhances comfort. If you're looking to create high-quality braided leather products, make sure to take the time to bevel and split your leather lacing for the best results or purchase our pre beveled and split leather lacing. We provide this service for people who do not want to invest in the expensive equipment and/or cannot get the hang of it, as mistakes happen often and a lot of waste is created.