Beveling is an art form and talent all in itself. There is so much that goes into it and beveling can make or break your design. I used to be confused for the longest time on what beveling actually meant. When I started learning they would tell me bevel the edges and then at the same time bevel the design to make it pop. The problem was I used two different tools to do different things for the same word.
Bevel in Carving
First I want to talk about the more commonly used bevel. With this tool or technique you use a bevel to lift your design and make it stand out in the leather. Using a bevel is just one step in the leather carving process.
To use this bevel you place it on the cut of the design and smoothly pound around the edge. You want to glide it across the line and pound at a consistent level. The trick on this is looking at your design and establishing what parts you want on top of the other. This is what gives your design the 3D look. When beveling a flower it is important to decide what petals or leaves to layer on top of the other. This way you know which side of the line in the design to bevel and lift up.
Next the type of beveling is to bevel the edges of your design. This type of beveling is used to round out the edges and make the end product look a little more clean and put together. It is easy, all you have to do is run the bevel along the edge and that is it.