Yesterday I spent some crafting time with a friend who has been my leather guru. She is a book binder and graciously gives me her scrap leather to use for model tack. What is a scrap to her is quite a big piece for me, so it works out wonderfully. She recently introduced me to the magic of leather dyes, and so I brought over some tack that needed dyed edges.
Leather dye can be fun and creative, and really add realism to a piece by matching the cut edges to the nice color of the tanned side. And leather dye isn’t as expensive as I thought, at least in single colors. And once you make the investment, it will last you a long time.
Unfortunately, my inexperience with leather dye and general clumsiness resulted in the partial dying of the red parts of my ASB show halter. I tried to salvage it but eventually gave in and dyed the whole thing black. It is still a nice piece, but not as fun fancy-schmancy as it was with the red and black browband and noseband.
Then I came home and checked my RSS reader, and read this post from Four Corners Tack: Four Corners Tack: How I make my bridles.
She cuts out her pieces and dyes them before assembling the tack. How brilliant is that? Or how stupid am I to think it would work the other way? Once I get my shelf unit done and the studio back into working order, I’m eager to remake the red and black show halter with this simple new technique.