Its basically nondarkening and as good or better than neatsfoot oil. The beginners guide to cleaning your books book riot. Some suggest using a deglazer on the leather, which will remove any oils that have gotten on the leather from things like your hands. Jacksons pure neatsfoot oil 4 oz amy and tanner skrocki are fulltime artist, and parents, who work together selling their handmade items and photography. For this you want to use straight oil, not leather conditioners with waxes or added glossing agents they will form a barrier and the dye will not be able to penetrate the leather. Dye tooled leather dyes, antiques, stains, glues, waxes. R remember that in leather a little is good and a lot is bad. Saddle lac on a turned messenger bag made out of a very oily oiltanned leather. Neatsfoot oil is a thick oil derived comes from the bones of cattle. When i first starting learning about leatherworking, i read loads of forum topics about how to dye leather and found many different answers about the right way to do it. When applying a color dye like tandy leather fiebings professional oil dye saddle tan 211004 4fl. Sep 15, 2009 i have another question about dying leather i tooled some leather and them i oiled it with neatsfoot oil. It is advisable to dye leather after paring but before covering the book.
Ive also seen lots of folks recommend olive oil to condition after dyeing, so i bet. Alternatively, you may want to finish the project with a mink oil cream for. While some people oil their leather books to keep the oil from drying out, most conservators dont do this anymore the new york public library stopped oiling leather books in the 1960s, for example because there is no evidence that it prolongs the life of the book and it can lead to staining of the pages and blotchiness of the leather. Theres lots of professional stuff you can use to soften leather back up, but a cheap alternative i like to use is coconut oil. A basic guide on how to dye leather gold bark leather. Ive not used this before, but ive seen it recommended many times. By vince, march 1, 2011 in dyes, antiques, stains, glues, waxes, finishes and conditioners. Knowing how to dye leather will allow you to easily change the color of a. Dec 14, 2012 wait a few days, remove the paper towels, and repeat until as much of the grease or oil is gone as possible. It is made for natural strap leather and vegetable tanned leather. It aids in coverage, especially for these types of leather, because it is alcohol based and has superior colorfastness.
How to dye leather hand dyeing vegetable tanned leather basic. To finish the back side you can line your projects. Altberg ledergris waterproof boot wax oil for leather boots 80g tin black 4. I like to think that dyeing leather is an art not a science as variations in materials. We do all our dying, oiling and polishing before the project is assembled. Oil your leather before using oil based dyes, casemoisten your leather before water or spirit based dyes. To avoid interference with the dye which i doubt, but is possible, you could apply the lexol to the flesh side of the leather. How to use pro oil dye instead of regular dye for leather. Oil based dye and neatsfoot oil question dyes, antiques. If you dont want to line you can add tankote or gum tragacanth and slick it down. Only use our leather dyes on natural undyed tooling leather.
The oils from your hands that are transferred to the books when you handle them should be sufficient to keep the leather moisturized. It is important to make sure your leather is clean before starting the dying process. Here are a few dos and donts to keep in mind when youre caring for your personal library. In this chapter, we will be dyeing our veg tan portfolio cover with. Any dirt or oil needs to be removed, as it will impede the color from penetrating the leather. Remember the grain is the smooth side of the leather.
I have only used the dye prep on undyed leather before applying the dye that i want. If its sticky or mushy and hard to clean, stick the book in the freezer for 24 hours and then remove the food with a steel knife this also works with gum. Oiling is a process whereby leather is hand coated usually by brush or tampon with either a raw unemulsified oil or a combination of raw oil, blended with emulsified oils and a penetrating aid. It has worked well with only a couple negatives that are likely inherent in formulation for the product to work. I am using oilbased dye, fieblings i think i spelled that wrong. Next, to avoid raising the grain during dyeing with a watersoluble dye, preraise the grain by wiping it with a watermoistened sponge or cloth. I do the same thing after dying it but i let it dry out first for 30 mins. The finish that i did on this piece is what we call a light oil antique and it is one of our most popular finishes in the shop. I ve also seen lots of folks recommend olive oil to condition after dyeing, so i bet.
It adds a protective layer on the leather which prevents high quality leather from absorbing a polish. Though they are not generally exposed to the elements, they do experience extremes in temperature variance. Fiebings dye prep is appropriate for the removal of dirt or oil. How to clean, repair and protect leather books book collecting guide. I had different absorption rates based on the dampness of an area. Apply the oil lightly using a paper towel or a scrap piece of tshirt and. Getting a nice even coat of dye on leather takes not only the know how, but also the skill that comes with lots and lots of practice.
In this video, i show you my oiling and antiquing process. As always, all comments or suggestions will be highly appreciated. For the next step in our process please see our video on oiling leather. After trying out a number of different ways to dye leather, this is the one that im most happy with. Ive also seen lots of folks recommend olive oil to condition after dyeing, so i bet it would work at this part of the process too. On the super shene, especially if i were using it for a block out before staining, i would wait 30 minutes and then put another coat on and wait another 30 minutes.
Fiebings professional oil dye, let that dry and oiled the leather again with neatsfoot oil. Dec 18, 2014 part 6 in the series using eco flo pro dyes and finishes and some other cleaners. Okay, so i dont need to clean the leather or anything before i dye it. Leather seats in vehicles take a lot of beating from the weather. In upcoming videos, we will show our finishing processes and the. A subreddit for people interested in working with leather, sharing tips. By applying the oil to the damp leather you will not over oil the leather but instead it will get exactly what is needed. When i first starting learning about leatherworking, i read. I use neatsfoot oil before dying and work the leather a bit while its drying.
It is used in dying leather for bags, saddles or even for repairing wood stocks. Is there a product or procedure that i should do before i dye. With the leather bound volumes you have to do any surface decoration when it is on the book, not before, so therefore any dye work has to be done beforehand, then the difficult bit of marking the design happens on the actual book itself, so there isnt a second chance. Its certainly true that some conditioners can resist dyes, especially water based ones. For more information on solvent based dyes, there is a really good book. The stain will dissipate into the leather over time. Make sure you wear vinyl or latex gloves because the leather dye if spilt or splattered on your skin will remain for a good week even with lots and lots of hand washing. Allow dyed and refinished articles to dry overnight before wearing. You also want to make sure youre not adding too many coats of dye as ive noticed that makes the problem much worse. Leather dyes, leather polishes, neatsfoot oil, leather cleaners, resolene, bag kote. Traditionally brass tools are used to impress the leather surface, and these. Dec, 2016 oil based stains, such as butter or body oil, should be blotted with a clean, dry white cloth. I just completed a sheath that after wet molding it and letting it dry, the leather remained spotty. The sun beats down on them for hours each day, in many cases.
You can warm up the leather a bit in the sun and just rub a small amount into it. As with any finish, test the dye first on a scrap of wood from your project before applying, following these steps. Nov 10, 2015 in lesson 9, jim shares a 3 step process of inlay dyeing, adding resist, and antiquing the tooled wallet back to provide a professional finish. I just looked at a new book we came out with coloring with ecoflo by tony and kay laier. Applying mink oil for leather treatment helps increase the durability of such products. How to oil and antique tooled leather projects youtube. Part 6 in the series using eco flo pro dyes and finishes and some other cleaners. When i turned the bag rightsideout after stitching, the saddle lac. I didnt treat the leather beforehand because the shoes were. Similarly some dyes can dry out leather to a degree so it makes sense to condition it after dying. Hand oils can include fragrant oils that help with the smell associated with the leather, e. Do not apply finish over a waxed or siliconed leather. Mar 23, 2015 i have only used the dye prep on undyed leather before applying the dye that i want. This video demonstrates the differences between the ecoflo gel antique, the hilite, and the allinone antique stain and finish.
You can use some neatsfoot oil to soften and rehydrate the leather after dying. Mink oil and neetsfoot oil are both good for making leather more supple but should be used sparingly and ideally kept away from stitching as much as possible. After the leather was dry, the color wasnt dark enough so i dyed. Pro oil dye is a new version of traditional leather dye and is alcoholbased. The idea is that if your leather is bone dry, it will suck up a ton of dye as fast as it can, and that will create blotches and streaking. Leather creams formulated with mink oil are effective to replace lost natural oils from the leather goods, thus increasing their texture and flexibility. If i still need to apply some neatsfoot oil after dying with an oil based dye, when do you apply it so that it does not darken as much, but more in a controlled manner. Its pretty cheap, lasts forever, and doesnt impart any odd scents. It is also important to clean the leather if there is any existing finish, dye, lacquer, wax, and oil. Dec 04, 2015 whether youre an avid writer and only use beautifully bound leather journals, or collect rare leather bound books, proper care of your beautiful tomes is important to ensure a long shelf life. Whether you are creating a new leather item or restoring an old one, leather dying instructions can quickly take you to your finished product.
I would use a damp sponge and slightly moisten the back. Wiping it down quickly with a dry rag prior to dying will help create an even coat. This isnt an instadeath situation, but the fumes of the oil dyes are. Unless im dyeing black, i stay away from daubers, rags, and sponges. Way more information than you ever wanted on how to fell a tree.
The absolute best way of dyeing a smallish item like a sheath or a holster is to dunk the completed item in a bucket of dye susspended on a wire. That leather derives from living creatures should make us ever more eager to care for it. He does mention in the book to let the dyes dry but no time frame is mentioned. In the world of books, is there anything as sumptuous as a leather binding. Jan 11, 2010 i am looking for recommendations, if any, on prepping leather before dying it. How to dye leather for all smooth leathers dying leather is an art not a science. But before you use it get some cloths and buff the current oily leather repeatedly and remove as much of the excess oil as you can. Getting the leather uniformly wet was one of the reasons i quit dyeing wet. After playing around with it for a little, i found out what worked and didn. If the stain is the result of food spilled on the book, remove that first. Wiping it down quickly with a dry rag prior to dying will help create an even. Applying neatsfoot oil on leather and why we use it on veg.1122 78 136 293 403 412 741 393 675 513 535 830 432 679 1105 611 1562 32 1108 1143 629 1442 433 1453 615 1237 645 1496 555 1416 604 636