Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Learning Leathercraft with Jim Linnell – Lesson 11: Dyeing & Finishing Wallet Interior

Join us in this weekly video series with award-winning leatherworker Jim Linnell!  In this series, Jim teaches viewers to create a wallet from scratch, including lessons on tooling, dyeing, finishing, construction, assembly, and lacing.

Find the free pattern for this project on the Leathercraft Library at bit.ly/LearnWithLinnell


Materials Used In Lesson 11:

Medium Brown Waterstain

Super Shene

Neutral colored Eco-Flo Edgeflex

Nitrile Disposable Gloves

Wool Daubers

High Density Sponge

Horn Creaser


A few things learned from this video:

Now that the parts are cut out, formed, shaped, and have creases added, the final step in preparing our wallet interior is dyeing and finishing.

Coloring interior with the same Medium Brown Waterstain used for the Inlay Dyeing will give a consistent color to our project.

To keep your work area clean, lay out craft paper beneath your project.  Gloves are also a good idea to help prevent the dye from penetrating in to your skin.

Using a wool dauber to spread the Waterstain, apply the dye with circular motions for consistent coverage; applying dye in straight lines may cause a streaky pattern on your final product.  Ensure that you have dyed both sides of the interior pieces, as well as the edges, to avoid any unfinished leather from showing through in your project.

When dyeing a folded piece, allow it to dry in its final form to maintain shape for assembly.

Always allow each step to dry completely prior to the next finish or application that you use.

After the dye has dried overnight, apply Super Shene for a glossy, finished interior.  Applying a light coat to both sides will allow these pieces dry with a firmer finish.

While leather is still moist from Super Shene, you can also rub a burnisher or slicker over the edges to create light friction that will give these pieces a polished finish for a professional looking appearance.

Edgeflex will give a harder finish as well as a professional looking glossed edge.  Although it comes in a variety of colors, for this project we used the neutral finish to apply a clear varnish on the polished edges.  Mini daubers are great for this step as they keep the edge finish right on the edge rather than spilling over on the face of your project.

Learning Leathercraft with Jim Linnell – Lesson 11: Dyeing & Finishing Wallet Interior

Join us next week as we line and assemble the wallet interior in preparation for our final steps!