How to Make Black Leather Dye (Vinegaroon) Out of Crap Around Your House
How to Make Black Leather Dye
This how to will teach you how to create a simple, cheap homemade dye for coloring leather. This recipe is simple, easily scale-able and holds very fast to leather. One note to make is that this dye only works on vegetable tanned leather that has not been previously dyed.
Make the dye.In a five gallon bucket, place the entire package of steel wool and pour in the entire container of vinegar. Seal this and allow it to sit for a few days, occasionally opening and stirring it. This waiting period is to allow the acid in the vinegar to fully oxidize the steel. Eventually, the liquid will have an opaque, light brown color. This means it is ready to use.
Make the neutralizer.The vinegar in the dye is acidic and eventually it will destroy the integrity of whatever leather you apply it to. The solution to this problem is to use a neutralizing solution. Take the other five gallon bucket, pour in the baking soda and fill it approximately half-way full of water. Stir this until all the baking soda has dissolved. Put the lid on it and set it aside.
Dye the leather.Test the dye by taking a small piece of leather and submerging it in the dye for approximately 2 minutes. Use the piece of wire for this, not your hands. Remove the leather. It should have a very dark matte color to it. If not, there is either a problem with your dye or your leather. If you have used veg tanned un-dyed leather, try adding more steel wool and letting it set for several more days. If it does come out black, good, that means your dye is working and is ready to use on any larger pieces of leather you may want to dye.
Neutralize the acid.Now, take the piece of leather you have just dyed and submerge it in the bucket filled with the baking soda solution. Leave it in there for several minutes, so that the solution can seep into the leather and then remove it.
Finish the leather.Remove any white residue by washing it with water. Your leather is now ready to be made into whatever you would like.
QuestionI want to change the color of a pair of boots from brown to black, will this work for this purpose?CrazyGirl4Community AnswerIf the boots are leather it should. It depends on the boots. It may be cheaper/easier/safer to buy a new pair of boots.Thanks!
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How do I know how much steel wool, vinegar and baking soda to use if the leather is in different sizes?
Things You'll Need
Two plastic five gallon buckets with lids
One package of steel wool
One gallon of white vinegar
One average size box of baking soda.
A piece of stiff wire (coat hangers are excellent for this)
- If you need to dye a larger piece, simply add more vinegar and more steel wool to the bucket.
- Always be sure to oil or use a leather conditioner on any of your leather goods to keep them flexible.
- The vinegar smell with stay on the piece for a few weeks, but with plenty of airing out, should leave it before too long.
- Vinegar is slightly caustic and can cause irritation to the skin. Make sure to rinse your hands if you come in contact with any.
- Make sure to wear at least safety glasses, preferably goggles when handling this dye. Vinegar in the eye is an unpleasant experience.
Video: Vinegar Black / Vinegaroon Dye
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