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Dyeing the Leather

Things are progressing at a fast pace here and now the majority of pieces are ready to be dyed. Ed and the team are using Fiebings Leather Dye to saturate the blocks with colour. Ed explains that, much like with wood, when you wet leather, the softer parts of the grain will lift and swell creating surface excess that is then lightly wiped across extremely fine jewellery paper to produce a smooth, shiny finish. Furthermore, the spirit in the dye breaks down the oils and kills the moisture, making the leather harder. The whole dying and wiping process is repeated three or four times to get the leather looking polished. Wax will then soon be applied for protection.