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Re: [BKARTS] dying alum tawed goatskin



To make a white leather a bit creamier, I would use a liquid antiquing
polish (water based acrylic finish with dark colouring).
Just wipe it carefully over the surface with a sponge or bit of soft cloth.
If you want to use a dye, perhaps use a light tan oil based dye well diluted
with meths, and apply with a wide soft brush.
cheers
Gabrielle
awlleather.com.au

-----Original Message-----
From: Carol Pratt <jcpratt@xxxxxxx>
To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Friday, 29 April 2005 8:52
Subject: Re: [BKARTS] dying alum tawed goatskin


>Don,
>
>I use an air brush to dye cloth and leather, but that would probably
>not be durable enough for a desk blotter.  I wonder if mixing a tint
>into a wax would work.  You wouldn't need much color to tone down your
>surface, and it might be easier to get an even surface.  No technique I
>have tried has ever given me a nice even surface, not streaky, and so
>that is why I bought the airbrush.
>
>Carol
>Eugene, OR
>
>
>
>On Thursday, April 28, 2005, at 12:09  PM, Don Drake wrote:
>
>> Greetings.
>>
>> I have a couple of skins, the less expensive alum tawed goatskins from
>> Talas. Nice even and bright white. A little too bright for my
>> customer's two desk blotters! I need to take the edge of the white, get
>> them a little creamier.
>>
>> I have never dyed leather before and I'm concerned about getting even
>> results. The one bit of guidance I find in my references is "if the
>> leather is evenly moist beforehand the dye will take better." Once can
>> only assume this refers to water based dyes. The advice tallies with my
>> intuition.
>>
>> My request:
>> - Tips from the bench on achieving even color are most welcome.
>> - Any opinions about dying the whole skin vs dying just the pieces for
>> my project welcome.
>> - Product testimonials are welcome.
>>
>> Don Drake
>> Dreaming Mind
>>
>> ddrake@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> IM: stitchbyhand
>> http://www.dreamingmind.com
>> http://www.hughstump.com
>> (510) 537-9711
>>
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