monticolor leather bags

Dye self-made


Every year the fashion world decrees the new pantone to which we must adapt, and as usual we leave in the wardrobe’s accessories with colours past. Or how many times has it happened not to wear your favourite bag because worn by the signs of time or maybe damaged by some clumsy friend?!
Although this material is quite durable, a leather bag may not be impassive over the years, piercing, scratching, losing the splendour of the original colour. What we can do?

Today Florence Leather Market will offer you a solution to all your problems, to give a new life to second-hand objects. In fact, it is quite possible to change the colour of a leather item at home and fix it right with your own hands!

Florence Leather market’s Tutorial

So, let’s see how to proceed thanks to this practical tutorial where we will explain in detail how to change colour to a bag (and not only) quickly and with a minimum expense.
To dye the bag it is necessary to thoroughly clean the skin, both on the surface and in depth. After dusting it with a soft cloth or brush, a deep cleaning is carried out using suitable cleaning solutions. For boots, do not forget to remove any buckles, while for shoes you need to remove the laces. For watch straps, you need to remember to clean the edges, punches, etc.
How to choose the colour:
The basic colour of the bag or accessory we’re going to treat should always be a couple of shades lighter than what you want to apply. This way, you can get full coverage. And above all we suggest you to go first from an intermediate colour, to let the skin assimilate the dye well and create a new “base” on which to apply the final colour: for example blue to get to black or light brown to get to dark red, and so on..

Woman with the dye in her hands

The secret of the dye:

Once cleaned and chosen the new colour of our “new bag” we recommend proceeding with a clinging to open the pores of the skin and facilitate the penetration of the dye inside the fibres. At this point we can apply the dye (we suggest you use water-based dyes, as they are easy to use and free of risks to the environment and health). To apply the colour on the bag, use a sponge and follow the instructions on the product label. Repeat this step twice, then let it dry.
We specify that the dye must be applied with regular, circular, and rapid gestures: it is necessary to treat the entire surface of the skin, in the most uniform and homogeneous way possible. Do not hesitate to repeat this as many times as you think necessary until the tonality satisfies you fully. Finally, we recommend that you use a fixative: as a paint, it will protect the skin dye and waterproof it.

The possibilities of modifying old objects and transforming them are endless; so, before you throw try to re-use! Continue to follow us on our blog to learn more secrets of this incredible material!