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  1. May 30, 2006, 8:23 PM - Tunic and Belt Leather #1

    I'm currently looking at some white lambskin hides for my tunic and belt to be made from. What I want to know is how hard is it to dye white leather to the right color and would others recommend this material and method for what I need to do? What dye should I use on it? Should I instead get it dyed by a profesional?

    Thanks guys!
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    May 30, 2006, 10:36 PM - Re: Tunic and Belt Leather #2

    Welcome to the TDH!

    If you do a search, you'll find a ton of information on dyeing/painting the vest and cummerbund leather. I would start there before investing any more time or material on the project. It's worth the time to do the research!

    In my opinion, it really isn't that hard to do ... it just takes lots of practice and the right tools. And LOTS of patience! You're opening up a can of worms here without realizing it!

    The right color? What is the right color? The colors from the official Zam pics and the "Dressing the Galaxy" book don't match up with the actual Zam costume we saw at the FIDM exibit or from pics we have from the MOM exhibit several years ago. You'll need to decide what the "real" color of Zam is!

    Dye vs. Paint ... The vest and cummerbund may have been painted or dyed (the later is my own opinion). Either way, getting the color on evenly with an airbrush is a challenge to say the least. And this was done after construction of the vest, as the white front dart/seam shows.

    Last year I dyed my cummerbund and it was difficult to get the color even...but then I hadn't given the lambskin the "Naptha" bath that MonCal had suggested in one of the threads. I'm going to be re-doing the cummerbund soon and will hopefully post the results.

    Good luck and keep us posted on your progress!
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    May 30, 2006, 10:51 PM - Re: Tunic and Belt Leather #3

    White-white is actually tougher to dye than a cream-color or natural leather, or so my leather expert assures me. She says the chemicals they have to use to seal white leathers make it hard to dye them anything else. You can, however, airbrush over white and that works better than airbrushing over cream or natural. So, it'll depend on how you're planning to color your stuff. She's also pretty sure that the originals were all airbrushed, however she did end up just dip-dyeing my stuff and it turned out fabulously.

    If you're looking to have a professional do it for you, I HIGHLY recommend her work. Her name is Steph, turnerblueflame@hotmail.com and she's already done this song and dance before so there won't be as much trial and error as we had on mine.

    I second the good luck! Take lots of pictures so we can all learn from your mistakes!

    Julie

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