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    Jun 12, 2015, 9:05 AM - Leather weathering #1

    I've gone through the zam threads and found one post which the person used an eraser to get the weathered look. Another used sandpaper to rough up the leather. What else did they use to give the grimy appearance? Dark dirt, paint, charcoal.. any other ideas out there to toss around the forum?

    And I almost forgot, the best one!! A partial quote from JDFett:

    "process you may ask? well started with some purple around the edges...then in the stain areas went with a little cordovan....then finished the whole thing with burgundy...then the fun...took it outside and beat the snot out of it on the front cement stairs, took a razor to the brim, holding it flat against them brim and scrapped off down to almost the leather color."

    Beat the snot out of it! Awesome! In all seriousness, he did use dirt, and alot of color variations too.
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    Jun 12, 2015, 1:19 PM - Re: Leather weathering #2

    I used some charcoal on my Boba flightsuit, but now I'm kind of scared to see what happens if it rains or gets wet. I'm worried it may run and look bad, and I'll have to do redo the weathering. It could happen with leather too, but might be more forgiving that a blue cotton jumpsuit.
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    Jun 12, 2015, 1:22 PM - Re: Leather weathering #3

    0000 Steel Wool and a bit of sandpaper. The leather itself should look worn, not grimy. For the armor pieces that are supposed to be more dirty, I used black and brown acrylic paint - wipe on, wipe off.
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    Jun 12, 2015, 1:29 PM - Re: Leather weathering #4

    A question, Fox: Would a "dusting" of dark brown-black with the leather airbrushing do the same thing? I've been working with the airbrushing alot and I like the way it covers the leather. But maybe using a narrow scope for the cracks and tips, and a broader spray on the rest, lightly dusted. Think that would work the same? I don't want it to look polished, shiny and new looking, but I also don't want it to look like a hack tried to be Picasso on my shin guards.
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    Jun 12, 2015, 2:25 PM - Re: Leather weathering #5

    Quote silvermitt said: View Post
    A question, Fox: Would a "dusting" of dark brown-black with the leather airbrushing do the same thing? I've been working with the airbrushing alot and I like the way it covers the leather. But maybe using a narrow scope for the cracks and tips, and a broader spray on the rest, lightly dusted. Think that would work the same? I don't want it to look polished, shiny and new looking, but I also don't want it to look like a hack tried to be Picasso on my shin guards.
    Well, that's a different type of leather. The soft garment leathers wrapped over pieces like the shin guards shouldn't be scratched up or roughed up with sandpaper/steel wool...at least that's not what I'd do. You don't want to mess with the integrity of that thin leather.

    Yes I did airbrush over the shin guards and vest with to help give depth. I wasn't able to get satisfactory colors with dyes alone on those parts. The other leather parts, like the stomach leather piece, the holster, and the skirt I advise not putting any paint over it and just weathering it with sandpaper and steel wool.
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    Jun 12, 2015, 6:55 PM - Re: Leather weathering #6

    Oh, good! I'm on the right track. Thanks!
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    3 Weeks Ago - Aug 2, 2015, 3:05 PM - Re: Leather weathering #7

    Quote Foxbatkllr said: View Post
    Well, that's a different type of leather. The soft garment leathers wrapped over pieces like the shin guards shouldn't be scratched up or roughed up with sandpaper/steel wool...at least that's not what I'd do. You don't want to mess with the integrity of that thin leather.

    Yes I did airbrush over the shin guards and vest with to help give depth. I wasn't able to get satisfactory colors with dyes alone on those parts. The other leather parts, like the stomach leather piece, the holster, and the skirt I advise not putting any paint over it and just weathering it with sandpaper and steel wool.
    Hello, I would like to ask you a couple of questions.


    For weathered the shins you used black and brown acrylic paint? and you used an airbrush?

    Could you explain to me how you applied the paint?




    Thank you for your answer in advance,
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    3 Weeks Ago - Aug 3, 2015, 3:13 PM - Re: Leather weathering #8

    For the shins, I first wrapped and glued the leather around the shins. Then I put a base leather dye on them. Then I mixed some high quality acrylic paint with water and airbrushed the shins. I varied the mixture, making it darker and lighter in some places. I did not add any extra weathering on top. So there's no extra black or brown wash over the ones I did. They just have variation in color to look worn, but I didn't go through a separate step of weathering.
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    1 Week Ago - Aug 18, 2015, 8:43 AM - Re: Leather weathering #9

    Foxbatkllr thanks a lot for your help.

    Greetings.

    Enviado desde mi LG-D855
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    1 Week Ago - Aug 18, 2015, 9:56 AM - Re: Leather weathering #10

    Just an update on my version of weathering leather. My shinguards are covered with soft pigskin airbrushed dyed purple. I sparingly used dark brown and black to give the depth with an airbrush application as well. When it dried enough, I went back over it with a smearing of the black rub n buff wax. After that I heavily coated the shin guard with leather protector, to keep the dyes and wax from rubbing off every time I wear it and have to touch them. So far, it's worked out well.

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