Some Unusual Ways to Dye Veg Tanned Leather23rd September 2022
Dyeing leather is a subtle art, and it requires patience and some experimentation. However, there are loads of different ways to dye leather, especially vegetable tanned leather, so get experimenting!
Coffee dye is a dark brown, but it can also be used to dye un-dyed leather. The dye is permanent, and it’s not toxic.
Coffee can be used to create an array of warm tones in your veg tanned leathers. This includes anything from light tan to dark browns and even shades of gray! If you want something with more depth, try deepening your coffee solution with a little ketchup or red wine vinegar before applying it to your leather.
Wine is a great way to dye leather. There are two types of wine you can use: red and white. Red will give you a dark colour, whereas white will give a light colour depending on how much water you add it to (more water = lighter). For example, if you want your vegetable tanned leather red, then just soak it in some red wine overnight and then leave it out to dry under the sun or heat gun. To get brown tones out of the vegetable tanned material use either red or white wines but be aware that adding too much water can make the dye run off into your bucket before soaking through all layers of leather meaning your final product may look streaky with patches missing colour where they have been exposed too long during application process.
Curry is a good way to give your vegetable tanned leather a vintage look. The yellowish brown color it produces looks like the kind of leather that has been sitting in a closet for years. It works best on vegetable tanned leather, but you can also use it on chrome-tanned or oiled leathers.
With pomegranate juice
Pomegranate juice is a great choice for vegetable tanned leather because it contains both an acid and a dye. The acid helps to release the natural dyes in your leather, making them easier to absorb and longer lasting.
The process of using pomegranate juice to dye your veg tanned leather is quick, simple and effective. You will need:
- a small container of pomegranate juice (or other fruit or vegetable-based dye)
- some water (enough to cover the bottom of your container)
- an old toothbrush (to apply the dye)
With beer, cider or ale
- Dark beers, like porters and stouts are a great option for dyeing veg tanned leather. Dark beers have more color in them, which means you can get deeper shades of browns with these dyes.
- Light beers that have a golden hue to them will also work well for dyeing veg tanned leather. The lightness of the beer will allow you to get some lighter shades of browns with these dyes as well as provide some great highlights when combined with other colors (like yellow).
- Using cider instead is another way to color your leather; however, it doesn’t give as vibrant or deep color tones as ale does because it has less sugar content than ale does so there will be less alcohol involved during the dying process but still produces an interesting result when used on the right type of leather!
With rose petals (roses in water)
You can also try dyeing with rose petals. This is a great way to get a light pink or peach shade, but if you want deeper tones, use more rose petals and let the leather sit in them for longer.
- Rose petal water: Put your leather into a jar and cover it with hot water (or cold water if you want a cool red). Add some dried rose petals to the jar and leave overnight. The next day, gently rinse the leather under warm running water until all of the pink has come off—this may take some time! You can also use baby shampoo as an alternative to plain soap if you don’t want any residue left behind on your newly dyed leather piece when it comes time for cleaning later on down the road!
- Rose petals in oil: Make sure that your surface area is covered before placing any raw veg tanned hide inside; this will help prevent staining from occurring due to excess liquid spilling over onto nearby surfaces during preparation steps such as mixing together solutions or powders beforehand so they become evenly distributed throughout solution prior mixing solution with other powders/chemicals from another container which could create unwanted stains/colors on place where products first meet up before moving around again later down line during process after UV exposure step where heat generated by lamps inside machine causes molecules within liquids (water) placed nearby surface area being exposed directly underneath lamp(s)
- Soak the leather in a small amount of seaweed dye for several hours
- Wash out the leather thoroughly.
With lemon juice
You can also use lemon juice to dye veg-tanned leather. A lot of people think that it’s a good way to make natural looking leather, but it’s not what you’re going for if your goal is to get something that looks like a nice tan color. The problem with this method is that the dye will bleed out very quickly and make the leather fade in color and look unevenly dyed within just a few weeks after being finished. It’s great if you want something pale, but not what I would recommend if you’re looking for something deep or richly colored
With tea and berries
If you want to dye your leather with tea and berries, make sure to use a vegetable-tanned leather.*
To get started:
Put the berries in a small bowl and pour boiling water over them. Let them steep until cool, then strain out the berries. For every cup of tea (tea bags work well), add two tablespoons of vinegar and 1 teaspoon salt, stirring to combine. Leave this solution for about 2 hours before using it on your veg-tanned leather (otherwise it’ll be too strong).
To apply the dye: Put on some rubber gloves and dip both sides into the dye solution until they’re all covered evenly. Let these sit for 24 hours before rinsing off any excess liquid with clean water.*Afterward, let dry completely before using or wearing.*
There are loads of different ways to dye leather, especially vegetable tanned leather, so get experimenting!
There are loads of different ways to dye vegetable tanned leather, so get experimenting! You can use anything from tea and berries to coffee, turmeric, and just plain old dirt. It’s fun to try new things and see what works best for you.