After having some problems cutting through proofgrade leather… Continuing the discussion from Full power? Proofgrade?:
I was able to use an xacto blade to cut it free and an awl to clear the stitch holes. Last week I ordered a basic leather craft kit from amazon and while I was waiting made a batch of vinegar black dye. I dyed my pieces last night and stitched up today. I am very happy with my first leather project. I can’t wait to get more leather for a second project.
I have been corrected that I didn’t actually dye it. I chemically altered the color. (Vinegar + Steel wool) + time = Vinegaroon which reacts with the tannin in veg tan leather. The pros are that it won’t wear off, it doesn’t stain your fingers, and it is cheap. The cons are the smell (not that bad) and it only does black.
Yes, proofgrade medium leather, engraved, cut, then “made black”.
That’s just silly. Vinegaroon is an ancient form of dye.
a natural or synthetic substance used to add a color to or change the color of something.
synonyms: colorant, coloring, color, dyestuff, pigment, tint, stain, wash
PS. Have heard that vinegaroon can cause leather to really dry out or stiffen over time, depending on leather thickness & quality. Can’t say for sure, as I’ve never tried it on leather. Would be interested to hear how this piece wears over time, if you notice anything.