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« on: February 26, 2014 06:08:46 PM »

I was gifted this purse, and instead of tossing it, I'd like to jazz it up a bit. But am at a loss of how to fix this thing, it's sturdy and good quality, but I can't stand the colour. Does anyone have any ideas on how to make this thing beautiful? I could probably paint it, but I'm thinking maybe there'd be a way to work in this weird colour so that it wouldn't need a full colour overhaul.  Plus, the inside is also an offish weird blue.
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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2014 04:53:45 PM »

You could use some stencils or stamps to make a pattern or irregular pattern with a color you do like, if you can tolerate the old blue coming through. For the inside, if you don't want to take the lining out/bag apart, you can either hand stitch a new lining to the old one, hot glue it in, or sew some snaps all around the inside top and snap a new lining in.
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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2014 02:36:20 PM »

You could use some stencils or stamps to make a pattern or irregular pattern with a color you do like, if you can tolerate the old blue coming through. For the inside, if you don't want to take the lining out/bag apart, you can either hand stitch a new lining to the old one, hot glue it in, or sew some snaps all around the inside top and snap a new lining in.

Or you can do the opposite and put the snaps on the outside and make a new cover.  Though that might be just like making an entirely new purse.

Does leather bleach?  You could try some bleach stencils, maybe.
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« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2014 01:56:52 PM »

You could use some stencils or stamps to make a pattern or irregular pattern with a color you do like, if you can tolerate the old blue coming through. For the inside, if you don't want to take the lining out/bag apart, you can either hand stitch a new lining to the old one, hot glue it in, or sew some snaps all around the inside top and snap a new lining in.

Or you can do the opposite and put the snaps on the outside and make a new cover.  Though that might be just like making an entirely new purse.

Does leather bleach?  You could try some bleach stencils, maybe.

Oh, I had to look that one up! Apparently regular bleach ruins the finish, but there's a leather bleach you can get. Interesting, since I'll be trying some leather projects in the future.
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laurakam
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2014 03:41:29 AM »

My brother-in-law dyes shoes all the time. Get some leather dye and go basic black it's a great style
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« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2014 06:21:34 PM »

You could use some stencils or stamps to make a pattern or irregular pattern with a color you do like, if you can tolerate the old blue coming through. For the inside, if you don't want to take the lining out/bag apart, you can either hand stitch a new lining to the old one, hot glue it in, or sew some snaps all around the inside top and snap a new lining in.

Or you can do the opposite and put the snaps on the outside and make a new cover.  Though that might be just like making an entirely new purse.

Does leather bleach?  You could try some bleach stencils, maybe.

Oh, I had to look that one up! Apparently regular bleach ruins the finish, but there's a leather bleach you can get. Interesting, since I'll be trying some leather projects in the future.

Oxalic acid is tech name, but for easier sources - it's used in Barkeepers Friend (call your local home improvement store) and deck wash. How much lighter is the question.
Yeah, u can always dye it a darker color
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« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2014 01:48:35 PM »

Additional on Oxalic acid:
There's back panel caution about when it's in dry form-read it, heed it!
I didn't much like the smell- best to do this outside.
Above me someone says household bleach removes the finish-oxalic acid is used to clean and deglaze tanned leather before dyeing. To me this means it would remove the top coat. What above post means by finish I don't know, but I'd like to.
Barkeepers Friend seems to be only 25% active, maybe that's why I had to soak my pieces of leather overnite to get the yellow part of dye removed.

I have a leather leftover (chrome tan) that's about 3 different colors (mustard and darker streaks) and I've been experimenting with lightening or removing the color. 
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