--------------Do you know how to dye leather with PERFECT fade gradation?
Have you ever wondered how to dye leather like this?
Fade dye is my favourite dyeing method for dyeing leather.
In this article I will introduce an Airbrush - the leather dye game changer.
Then I will show you 3 easy steps how to create beautiful colour transition on veg tanned leather using airbrush.
HOW AIRBRUSH WORKS
You will need a small air pump/compressor to use an Airbrush.
You can buy it as an airbrush set, usually.
You can get a reasonably cheap ones on eBay and it works perfect (Mine was under $100)
When you are handling leather dye, it is highly recommended to wear gloves.
Airbrush works when pressurised, fast passing air from compressor creates suction to pull paint out of the chamber.
The flow of air and paint is regulated by the double action trigger.
Operation itself is very simple and easy.
1. CHOOSE COLOURS
Different colours can create different fade effects.
Some colours might not work great and some might work better.
I have tried fading with 1 colour upto 6 colours.
ABOVE photos have 5 different colours in it. (Red, Mahogany, Saddle Tan, Light Brown, Dark Brown)
LEFT photo is 1 colour fade with Auqa Green.
I am using 3 colours this time. (Left in photo)
I use Fiebing's leather dye / Pro Dye, as it is my favourite. You can read more about best colours of Fiebing's Dyes - PRODUCT REVIEW FIEBING'S LEATHER DYE/PRO DYE.
2. APPLY THE LIGHTEST COLOUR
After applying 1st layer with "English Bridle"
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO WEAR PPE when you are airbrushing.
Wear a breath mask to avoid potential health hazard.
Start with the lighted colour of all first.
Start from out side edges and work your way in to the centre.
I find this the easiest as lighter colours won't show after applying darker colours.
You would want to control and adjust the density of colour.
You can achieve this by regulating the paint/air flow, and by adjusting the distance between the airbrush and the leather. This comes with a bit of practice.
3. APPLY DARKER LAYERS
After applying 2nd layer with "Golden Brown"
You want to create a good contrast between light and dark, so the colour should be the lightest in the centre and the darkest on the edge. (In this case)
With the last layer with "chocolate" I apply mostly very close to the edge and not much near the centre.
After applying 3rd layer with "chocolate"
When applying darker colours, my general rule is the darker the colour the more focus on the edge.
Here are more example pieces I worked on my bi-fold wallet project.
Notice how dyeing edges dark creates great contrast to the rest of the pieces.
Antique dyeing is a technique to emphasize tooling part of the leather.
It makes huge difference when you compare the two photos of with / without antique dye.