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Hoi
« on: January 31, 2012 04:49:09 AM »

I'm new, and a total newbie to all of this, so please be gentle  Grin

I'd like to reproduce a design on the back of a motorcycle leather jacket, such as this one. The design would be one-color heraldic lion with text, but possibly two or three colors depending on how ambitious I get. Since the jacket is black, I'm having hard time finding out what would be the best process.

Here what I've gathered in my research:
  • Inkodye only does "raw" leather so I'd imagine it wouldn't work on a black treated leather jacket?
  • Cyanotype attracts me since I do photography, but I haven't seen any samples of what it looks like on black leather, if it even works
  • Various types of colored dyes from Tarrago or Angelus seem like a relatively easy solution, although again I haven't seen any samples on how they end up on black leather

Does anyone have experience dyeing treated black leather? Any tips or preferences on the above methods? Any other ideas?
« Last Edit: January 31, 2012 04:58:49 AM by Hoi » THIS ROCKS   Logged
Hoi
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2012 01:05:12 AM »

Inkodye resonded with "You probably won't get good results on a finished leather jacket because the oils used in finishing the material sometimes block Inkodye from penetrating the material."

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fiberartist219
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2012 10:34:20 AM »

I have no experience with leather, but I have seen that Dharma Trading Company has recently started selling art supplies that cater to that market. You might ask their customer service what they would recommend.
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ivoryh1632
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2012 01:48:08 AM »

My sister's boyfriend wanted a band logo on his black leather jacket so I got some white transfer paper from the craft store and traced the design on and he then painted it with just regular acrylic paint, I'm not sure if he used a sealant of some sort after or how well it lasted, but I can call and ask them if you want.

My other thought would be to do a gel medium transfer. I haven't yet tried it on leather but I don't see why it wouldn't work and from my experience with gel medium transfers, they hold up surprisingly well but you could always put a sealer on that too.
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