10717Re: [medieval-leather] A Question On Immersion Dyeing
- Jun 4, 2006On 6/4/06, ren_junkie <ren_junkie@...> wrote:
> Actually I have a bunch of them, but let's just start here.Well, while batch dying will help give you a MORE consistant color, the
> I want in the near future to start playing with immersion dyeing, as
> I rather think that will be a better way to make all the pieces to
> a suite I make all match better than dyeing each piece individually.
> First question, and the only one for today: How would Indigo work on
> veg-tan leather? I recently found out it is indigo used in blue
> jeans (I'm a textile retard, ok? lol), and I rather like the color.
> In fact, I have spent quite a lot of time and fiebings light blue
> and reducer trying to get a blue that looks the way I want. I have
> seen jeans in a very similar tone of blue, so.....Would indigo work
> for this, or would indigo be a bloody disaster? My woman has a lot
> of indigo experience in fabrics, so she can help, but she has zero
> experience with leather. So I turn to you, to let me know if it
> would be a waste of time, or if the dye would take and be stable,
> and all I would need to find out is what intensity to make it for
> the tone I want.
> Thanks, all,
thing to remember with leather is that, rather like different batches of
fabric, each hide will take the dye slightly differently. You'll even find
variations within a single hide- that's a natural result of using a natural
material. However, it certainly should provide you with the MOST consistant
results- it's how the commercial outfits do it.
I see no reason why indigo wouldn't work, as long as it was in the proper
fluid base. Best colors I get are from spirit dyes, which I think uses
denatured alcohol for a base. Have you given any thought to how much in
terms of sheer volume you're going to need, what you're going to dye it in,
and how you're going to deal with the excess? Batch dyeing of fabric
generally requires the fabric to swim freely in the dye bath, and to dye
about 15 lbs of fabric, I use a 50 gallon plastic barrel.
Dharma is an excellent company to deal with as far as dyes go. Orders arrive
quickly, and accurately, and they have a tremendous amount of information on
fabric dyeing on their site. I'm sure much of it will be transferable to
leather, since they sell dyes for both plant fibers and animal fibers, as
well as the natural dyes I gave you the URL for.
Just be careful what you plan to do with the excess. A relatively "minor"
spill of some grease that was thinned by (what else?) degreaser and a power
washer, in an attempted clean up, here in CT, cost the company here who
screwed up over $60,000 to clean up, once all was said and done. The EPA has
NO sense of humor.
Be careful, have fun, and DO tell us about your experiences.
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