Learning How to Dye Leather is easy
Chuck Dorsett's 4 tips on how to dye leather
- Choosing a leather dye
- Benefits of using oil leather dye
- Setting up your leather dye workspace
- Methods for dyeing leather
Sometimes our first thought is, oh no dying leather is going to be expensive or make a mess. No, it does not have to be that way! Chuck Dorsett shows us how to dye leather so that there is no dye on anything but our leather project. With Chuck's guidance, we can be dying leather in small working areas where we will get a consistent, clean dye every time.
Well, who is Chuck Dorsett you may ask? The host of our popular The Leather Element series on YouTube, Chuck shares a wealth of knowledge, tips and techniques perfect for both beginner and advanced leathercrafters alike. He also hosts a wide range of how-to project videos that you'll find on our website. Chuck's step-by-step instructions, helpful guidance, and product recommendations give us everything we need to tackle a project with confidence. More about Chuck Here! Now! Let's find out how to dye leather!
Now! Let's find out how to dye leather!
4. Methods for dying leather
There are several ways to dye leather. We can use an airbrush which is the top notch best way to go. However, most people don't have air compressors, air brushes or the room to do airbrushing.
Daubers are a great way to dye leather and they will hold a lot of leather dye. If we have ever used foam brushes after putting them into the leather dye we know how they dribble all the way to your project. Well, a dauber will not drip like that. Daubers are made of lamb's wool, are disposable and keep your hand away from the dye.
We can dip dye because we are using oil leather dye. We don't have to worry about the leather getting stiff or the colors going dark.
How to dip dye leather
- Because most leather projects have a little hole in them somewhere we can make little hooks out of wire coat hangers or bailing wire and use them for dip dying leather. If we don't have a hole in the project we can dip dye with our fingers making sure we put on rubber gloves first.
- By putting the hook in the hole and lowering the leather down into the container of oil dye we can dip the project in the dye and smoothly coat the leather. No need to go real fast or slow just a steady pace.
- When we pull the leather up and out of the dye container with the hook still in the hole we can tap the leather on the side of the container to knock off excess leather dye.
- After that, just lay the leather project on the paper above the plastic with the back side down and let it dry.
- After it dries we will topcoat it. The topcoat adds life to the piece. See our video on Top Coats Here!