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Re: [BKARTS] Dying Leather

Finishing "In the normal way" refers to gold or blind tooling and/or the application of leather dressing. As far as paste washing is concerned, this is not a mandatory process and we understand that there are many binders who will not paste wash at all. If you do decide to paste wash, then the standard wheat starch paste you use to cover the book can be employed, albeit, in a very diluted state.

There will be many members of this list who are better qualified than me to advise (or not) on the merits of paste washing.

kind regards,


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----- Original Message ----- From: "Daniel Winston" <james9157@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, November 13, 2006 8:48 PM
Subject: Re: Dying Leather

In the product description for Dye-Fix it states,
"Once dry, the leather can be finished in the
normal way".

What is the "normal way"?

I read the article "Leather Staining, Dyeing and
Decorating" (Skin Deep Spring 1997 v.3) referenced
on the Hewit web page.  And a good article BTW.

Is the article suggesting a paste wash between
dyeing and finishing, or is a paste wash just
necessary for tooling?

And the paste wash? Is it Rice paste or Wheat paste?

Thank you for your time,
And sorry for the bombardment of questions.
ps.  Please share your response to the list.

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