Inverted the resist to in turn invert the dye. I wish I had done the majority of it the way I did the buckle tab(bottom piece), looks nicer. Oh well. Sadly, first picture - already cut, tooled, punched and prepped for dye.
3rd coat + finish applied. Many hours of being patient while things dry :/
L to R: Briar Brown, Dark Cocoa Brown, Saddle Tan, Primrose Red, Sky Blue, Raisin Mahogany.
Second coat…hard to see because I effed up the photo. Generally much more even colouring, and the red/blue are darker (red is less pink)
No luck on the raisin mahogany - supposed to be purple eventually. We’ll see what a 3rd coat brings.
Left to right: Briar Brown, Dark Cocoa Brown, Saddle Tan, Persimmon Red, Sky Blue, Raisin Mahogany.
Single coat. Going to do up to 3 I think; plus a finish.
L to R: Briar Brown, Dark Cocoa Brown, Saddle Tan, Persimmon Red, Sky Blue, Raisin Mahogany. First coat. Better shot with DSLR to follow.
Stain test - blue on a bracelet. Not perfectly even but I think another coat would sort it.
Dye (well, stain)
I guess this shouldn’t have surprised me but different leathers take dyes in different ways. Pretty big variations in darkness and texture. Glad I found out on some test pieces though.
It may be related to the fact that I treated the lighter piece with water first (for tooling), will have to repeat on the darker piece with water to see.
Problem is predicting how the pieces will look now. Oh well. Blue is still blue, etc.
But still enjoyable
Didn’t hide it entirely
Again, not the final product.
Resist applied inside. Slight slop on the edges, but final dye job should fix that I hope.
After the knife
Unsteady hands on an uneven surface = not so bad I guess?
Tracing the pattern for tooling. Should have tooled before assembly but originally I wasn’t going to tool it.