A part of the leather process that is most amazing and always interesting: applying antique.
Everything is in its natural raw state: all that has been done is tooling, punching and cutting.
In this case I have one biiiig custom order and two belt bags in process.
All of the pieces will be colored using a water/acrylic antique in various shades.
The tendrils on the leaf bag and the flowers and leaf veins on the apple bag have been coated with a 'resist', which on great days actually repels all of the color applied.
On bad days it does whatever it wants: splotches, etc... it is uncontrollable: leather responds in a completely different way to color: even within one piece certain spots will take color like a champ while it cannot seem to permeate in other places.
The belt bags ended up a gorgeous reddish-toffee shade:
While the big koi bag was colored using a double process: one color and then a layer of another around the holes where the inlay will go (little night skies....I am so excited!) and the edges of the bag itself.
Today I will finish to color process, highlighting with white on the apple bag and making the koi come to life on the big bag.
Tomorrow I will stitch and the following day I will rivet the big bag, which is quite a feat, and then the strap will be made for a weekend unveiling!!