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Re: [BKARTS] Low cost leathers???



Dyeing your own leather is not hard once you get the hang of it, and it
helps in the learning proces that natural skins are less expensive than dyed
skins.

I use Hewit's powdered aniline dyes from Talas, and with a bit of mixing,
any color is possible. I don't like spirit dyes (like Feibings) for dyeing
full skins. It really toughens the leather, and is not subtle at all. I do
use it, though, for touching up older books when water should not be
employed on aged/damaged leather.

Beth

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From: Book_Arts-L [mailto:BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Jim
Karr
Sent: Saturday, March 22, 2008 4:53 AM
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Subject: Re: Low cost leathers???


Beth-

    Being VERY inexperience with leather, I wouldn't take the risk of
dying myself.  Color consistency is an absolute must.. and well.. I'd
rather leave that to some people that know what they are doing!

Jim


Elizabeth Stegenga wrote:
> Siegel of Ca has all the same leathers as bookbinders workshop except for
> the alum, and at much lower prices.
>
> Siegel doesn't have a huge variety of bookbinding leathers, but what they
do
> have is good quality.
>
> As for myself, I buy their tooling kips or natural calf and goatskin and
dye
> it myself. That way, I am assured of the color I want.
>
> Beth Stegenga
> Paternoster Row Books
>
>

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