Dyeing leather allows you to create designs that are completely customized to your style. It offers an attractive foundation for your leather designs and will ensure your projects stand out as one-of-a-kind. Learn how to dye leather with this Handy Tip and get started with leather crafting!
To begin, you will need tanned leather, dye and a wool dauber, which comes with the dye.
Dip the dauber into the dye and apply the dye in smooth, even strokes back and forth to cover the surface of the leather. Make sure to wear gloves during this process. If dye does end up your skin, you can remove it with rubbing alcohol.
If a uniform color is desired, apply a second or even third coat of dye.
The strip in the foreground of this image has one coat of navy dye. The strip in the background has two coats.
Try using a sponge, a cloth or a paint brush to achieve different looks with your dye. The mahogany mottled pattern was made with the wool dauber. The excess dye was squeezed out first, then the dye was dabbed onto the leather.
You can also try layering Gilders Paste over the dyed leather for a unique look. Here we have added silver Gilders Paste to leather dyed with navy dye, antique gold Gilders Paste to leather dyed with black dye and German silver Gilders Paste to leather dyed with mahogany dye.
Now you know a few different techniques for dyeing leather. We used two coats of navy dye on a leather strip for our Durango Bracelet.