Add color to your leather projects with Tandy's Eco-Flo water-based dyes. Colors can be mixed or thinned to create unique colors, and easily clean up with soap and water. They contain no alcohol, or other volatile solvents.
Eco-Flo dyes are suitable for use on:
Available in seven colors, Tandy's Eco-Flo water-based dyes can be mixed to create new shades, or mixed with water for lighter tints. These dyes behave a little differently than traditional spirit-based or oil-based dyes (tutorial to come soon), but can yield beautiful results, with a little practice.
Dye colors and results will vary according to the type of leather and it's initial natural coloring. Tooled or stamped areas accept dye a bit differently than unadorned leather.
|Water-Based Eco-Flo Leather Dyes|
|Available in 4.4 oz. bottles|
To keep dye colors from "bleeding", or transferring color to your hands or your models, you will need to apply a finish coating when the dye has dried. Choose from a selection of Leather Finishes to enhance the beauty and add a protective top coat to your creations.
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In our experience, small projects such as our miniature Saddle Kits take a rather small amount of dye. You should be able to dye approximately 5 saddles from a bottle, possibly more, when using a cloth (scrap of t-shirt material works well) or small piece of cellulose sponge.
Our best tip is to practice on scraps ahead of time to get familiar with the dyes and how they behave with leather. (Tutorial is forthcoming)
We recommend a small piece of cloth rag (t-shirt material works well) and latex/vinyl gloves. Pour a small amount of leather into shallow container, and dip the rag into it. Then rub the rag over the leather in a circular motion, working the color into the leather. Re-dip the rag or sponge into the dye as needed. Work the color in until it is even and allow to dry.
When the leather is dry, dampen a clean piece of material (or sponge) and gently rub it over the surface evenly, to lift off excess pigment particles. You can also reapply more dye to darken or even up the color.
You can use a paintbrush to selectively add colors to tooled areas, edging effects, etc.
Dyes can be used in an airbrush (be sure to use an appropriate respiratory protection mask)
Allow the leather to dry completely before applying a protective coat of leather finish.
Natural colored lace is best dyed by soaking the lace in the dye. Either dip the lace into the dye bottle or pour some into a shallow bowl and immerse the lace in the dye.