Some Techniques for Dyeing of Leather
Block Dyeing - Wrap a folded piece
of cloth around a small block of wood. Fasten the cloth in place
with staples or brads. Dip a wool dauber into some dye and apply
to the cloth on the block. By rubbing lightly in long strokes
on the belt, some good effects can be achieved on embossed and
plain leather straps.
Spraying - This requires some equipment.
Spray gun, compressor, hoses, etc. Spraying gives good results
for shading and overall even application of dye.
Cloth and Finger - Wrap a piece
of cloth (cotton works best) around your index finger. Dip your
finger into some dye and apply to belt. By blotting out excess
dye on another piece of cloth you can control the amount of dye
to go on the belt and produce a shadding effect. This technique
works well for dyeing embossed blanks because you can apply dye
to small areas. It is suggested you wear rubber gloves for this
Highlighting of the belt can be achieved by applying
lacquer to the belt before applying dye. Avoid lacquered area
when applying dye. After dyeing the belt a coating of finish will
bring out the highlights.
Final protective finishes for the belt include lacquer,
acrylics, neatsfoot oil and waxes. These will give finishes that
are glossy, semi-gloss, etc. Possible finished for the edge of
belts include edge enamel, burnishing wax and edge dye.
Different kinds of leather have characteristics
all their own. No two leathers will give the same results when
dyed. It is suggested that you test colors and techniques on a
scrap piece of leather.