Monthly Archives: July 2010

Tanning Leather, Vegetable and Alum Tanned

Jul 31, 2010 |

Tanning Leather Tanning Leather is the process of treating skins of animals to produce leather, which is more durable and less susceptible to decomposition. Traditionally, Tanning Leather uses tannin, an acidic chemical compound from which the tanning process draws its name (tannin is in turn named for an old German word for oak or fir […more]

Shagreen Leather Overview, Preparation and Uses

Jul 30, 2010 |

Shagreen Leather Shagreen Leather is a type of leather or rawhide consisting of rough untanned skin, formerly made from a horse’s back or that of an onager (wild ass), and typically dyed green. Shagreen Leather is now commonly made of the skins of sharks and rays. Shagreen Leather has an unusually rough and granular surface, […more]

Patent Leather Overview, What is Patent Leather

Jul 30, 2010 |

Patent Leather Patent leather is leather that has been given a high gloss, shiny finish. The original process was developed by Newark-based inventor Seth Boyden in 1818 with commercial manufacture beginning September 20, 1819. His process used a linseed oil based lacquer coating. Modern patent leather usually has a plastic coating. It is sometimes confused […more]

Rawhide Leather Overview, Information and Uses

Jul 30, 2010 |

Rawhide Leather Rawhide Leather is a hide or animal skin that has not been exposed to tanning. It is similar to parchment, much lighter in color than leather made by traditional vegetable tanning. The skin from buffalo, deer, elk or cattle from which most rawhide originates is prepared by removing all fur, meat and fat. […more]

Synthetic Leather Overview, Information and Uses

Jul 30, 2010 |

Synthetic Leather Synthetic Leather is tanned using aromatic polymers such as the Novolac or Neradol types. This leather is white in color and was invented when vegetable tannins were in short supply, i.e. during the Second World War. Melamine and other amino-functional resins fall into this category as well and they provide the filling that […more]

Leather Crafting, Leather Craft Info

Jul 29, 2010 |

Leather Crafting Leather crafting is the practice of making leather into craft objects or works of art, using shaping techniques, coloring techniques or both. Leather crafting Techniques Leather crafting Techniques – Dyeing Leather dyeing usually involves the use of spirit or alcohol based dyes where alcohol quickly gets absorbed into moistened leather, carrying the pigment […more]

Leather Finishing and Leather Finish Info

Jul 29, 2010 |

Leather Finishing The Leather Finishing Processes includes a series of mechanical operations and, normally, the application of a covering layer to the leather surface. Staking is a mechanical beating operation used to make the leather soft. To improve the final appearance, the grain side of the leather is buffed using a sanding drum. This processes […more]

Leather Dyeing, How to Dye Leather

Jul 29, 2010 |

Leather Dyeing Leather dyeing usually involves the use of spirit or alcohol based dyes where alcohol quickly gets absorbed into moistened leather, carrying the pigment deep into the surface. Hi-liters and Antiquing stains can be used to add more definition to patterns. These have pigments that will break away from the higher points of a […more]

Bonded Leather Info, What is Bonded Leather

Jul 29, 2010 |

Bonded Leather Bonded leather is a material made of varying degrees of genuine leather combined with other substances to give the appearance of leather at reduced cost. It can be found in furniture, bookbinding, and various fashion accessories. Examples of products that are most commonly constructed with different varieties of bonded leather are: books, diaries, […more]

Vachetta Leather Overview, Information and Uses

Jul 29, 2010 |

Vachetta Leather Vachetta leather is used in the trimmings of luggage and handbags. It is left untreated and is therefore susceptible to water and stains. Sunlight will cause the natural leather to darken in shade, called a Patina Leather. Vachetta leather is a type of leather that is most often used on the handles and […more]