You will need
- - cut genuine leather;
- - a sketch of the future product;
- - plywood stretching, small nails and hammer;
- - razor blade, press, wire brush and emery;
- - sprinklers and water;
- - medical and ammonia;
- - glycerin;
- - castor oil;
- - wool and rags;
- Polish or crackle paint for the skin;
- - sponge and brush;
- - Shoe Polish;
- - old iron;
- - oven;
- - a wooden form;
- the marble powder.
Inspect the piece of leather. Some natural defects in the material can even play in your favor. Small scars, the traces from the bites of flies and other insects, non-uniform color - all this is interesting try to beat them to create a truly unique thing.
Carefully consider the appearance of the future product. Sometimes it is enough just to stretch the skin, then stretch it diagonally in different directions. With sandpaper you can make the finished product more or less worn in certain places (e.g. elbows or knees). For clarity, draw on paper a network of decorative creases and cracks, something which even it is possible to outline the incisions.
To create an enhanced effect of old skin will first have to prepare it, to make softer and more pliable. Dampen the piece with water from a spray bottle, pull it to the plywood with nails and let them dry in the sun.
RUB into the leather surface of a cloth castor oil, or glycerin. After drying, the material is wipe it with alcohol and start to stretch and perform sophisticated pattern of wrinkles. Scratches can be done with a stiff brush, and creases – using a press. Work carefully and slowly, because the process of creating artificially aged skin irreversible!
Aged wipe material clean with water, dry with a cloth and again dry it to stretch. While the pores of the cloth slightly damp, saturate them with castor oil with a small amount of ammonia. After fattening the material needs to dry, and it can be removed from plywood. Again knead the skinthat the fat is thoroughly infiltrated between the collagen fibers.
To style leather things antique you can use special Putinism for the skin store for designers and artists. Carefully read the information on the packaging and act exactly according to instructions. Composition of paints-crackle makes a new product to chapped, as if from time to time.
Try out the paint for the skin, making the color of things heterogeneous, with blackouts and discolored spots. This can be achieved by rubbing the surface with a sponge, brush and emery paper, and using a combination of different shades of paint.
Finally, use the method of aging of the skin from the footwear masters. Take a piece of brown and soak it in salted water (50 g per liter) on the day. Then remove it from the tank with the solution, allow the liquid to drain and wrap with a soft cloth to dry. The surface of the canvas should be a little friends.
Lubricate the skin with Shoe Polish and iron at a temperature of 120 degrees, taking care not to burn the material. For these purposes, the craftsmen keep on hand old iron. When the Shoe Polish will cease to stick to hands, remove left overs with a glycerin alcohol. You can make it yourself: mix the glycerin and alcohol 2:1 and heat the mixture on a water bath. As a result of your manipulation the brown skin needs to turn black.
Pull the colored material into the desired shape (e.g. a log) and place it in the oven (120 degrees). After the appearance of a strong unpleasant smell, remove the material and quickly dip it in a bowl of cold water. After two or three repeated treatments the skin will be covered with intricate network of cracks, and seams between them will appear brown. For fading additionally treat the canvas marble powder.
The process of aging of the skin through a variety of paints and varnishes requires a certain skill. We recommend that you first try something on a small sample of the material, and only then proceed to the decorative treatment of the rest of the canvas. Protect your hands from chemicals with rubber gloves and work in a ventilated area to avoid breathing harmful fumes.