I was custom-dyeing a leather for a job last night, and had dye left over on the table. So, I decided to record the leather dyeing process that I've developed over the years. BUT I failed. The lighting in my bindery is awful for taking photos, and the particular place where I dye leather has the most horrible lighting situation that creates light reflections all over the leather surface on the pictures. Well, I'll have to figure out how to deal with the stupid lights in the future. Though it became obvious that I couldn't record the process, as I didn't wanna waste the dye, I just went ahead and created some mottled leather pieces for future use. Since I usually custom dye leather for specific jobs I work on, I don't really have much liberty to be creative. But because those that I made last night didn't have any "requirements", I just made them as I felt like it. Anyway, it's very hard to explain exactly how I dye leather with words because there's not "1,2,3" instruction to it. All I can say is "Experiment with dye!", and make sure to treat the leather at the end so that the dye doesn't come off. (Rub the surface with a dry rug real well, and take off the excess dye, and after it's done, use a wet rug and rub it. If the dye comes off, it's NOT good. Keep doing the Dyeing/rubbing until the dye stays, then finish it by putting on the leather finish so that it's permanent.) Well, just using the leather dye, you can antique the leather like the ones I've posted on my blog (see the Custom Leather Dyeing on my label), as well as a marbling effect (top middle and two left pictures) or even Pasta Española effect easily without using acid. (the top left & right). All dyed leather pieces on this post were created with the tan kidskin. (pictured on the right, second from the top.) Make sure to test the color on the leather before dyeing because the color you see in the dye gets dramatically different when it's applied on the leather. Anyway, have fun creating textures!