4 Crucial Tips to make Perfect Leather Edge Coating
Leather crafting is an art that demands attention to detail and precision, especially when it comes to edge coating. The final touch of edge coating not only enhances the aesthetics but also prolongs the lifespan of your leather creations.
In this guide, we'll walk you through four essential tips that can help you achieve the perfect leather edge coating.
Tip #1: Timing is Everything
The journey to achieving the perfect leather edge coating while saving crafting time begins with timing. It's crucial to choose the right time of day for this task.It may take 11 or 12 hours.So I usually I will paint at the end of the day Wait until the next morning for it to dry completely
Tip #2: Grind the edge smoothly before coating
Unleveled areas smooth it out again at the same time Let the first layer of edge oil become rougher so that this second layer of edge oil can better adhere to this
Tip #3: Choosing the Right Color
Generally, we choose black for edge oil.Because black is more versatile And black is the darkest color it can cover most other colors Of course you can also choose other colors.But when it comes to different colors It's actually quite a headache to put together. For example, this brown leather if i go with brown edge oil.The color of vegetable taned leather will become darker with use.But the color of edge oil will not change or even turns light.So it is possible when the bag is just finished, the edge oil is very nice but after years of usage.The color of this bag body is getting darker more and more shiny.But the edge oil is getting shallower and shallower lost its luster.So I usually choose black edge oil. Good looking and durable not easy to make mistakes.The purpose of the oil on the edge is to make it better eaten by the leather.Just let it seep into the leather so as to avoid cracking or peeling off after a period of time.
Tip #4: Heat the edge coating edge
What is the temperature of heating the edge oil? 360 degrees! If you listen carefully you can hear a tear. The edge oil is burnt penetrate into the leather fibers. We normally repeat these steps 3 times.
- Coat it thin
- Then sand
- Finally burn it form a thin layer of protection
After these steps,it is not easy in places where it often bends or places that often rub damaged too quickly.It's not like those bags available in store.They have thick edge coating where breaks easily when bends after some months.
In conclusion, mastering the art of leather edge coating requires attention to detail, practice, and an understanding of the right techniques. By following these four crucial tips – choosing the right time of day, applying coating with precision, selecting the perfect color, and applying heat with care – you'll elevate your leather crafting to a new level of excellence. Remember, every step counts, and the final result is a testament to your dedication and craftsmanship.
If you want a visual guide to accompany these tips, below video for details.
Watch as we put these tips into action, demonstrating the process step by step. With patience and practice, you'll soon be creating leather pieces with impeccable edge coatings that are not only visually appealing but also built to last.
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