The basic sequence in any project will more than likely be as follows:
- The project is cut out and tooling / stamping is done.
- The leather is dyed – either completely or selectively.
- A choice is made between a) not using an antique stain, b) lightly using an antique stain just to highlight tooling or c) making heavy use of an antique stain in such a way as to drastically add to the color of the leather.
- A finish or dressing is added to the leather to waterproof and lubricate the leather fibers.
- The project is assembled.
Step 2 above, dyeing, can be left out if you want the natural color to remain, but remember that antique stains over un-dyed leather might not be successful at all.
Step 3 can be left out all together.
Step 4 can never be left out! You always have to feed leather! Putting a dressing on leather will bring out the color of the dyes (make it glow), waterproof the leather (your best defence against stains) and make the leather softer (if you have not treated it for the making of armor.
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