This would be perfect for the den/study, no? Now that I have a shop apron, I might as well...
I just can't decide if I should go with the bench or floor stand model. I think they run about $1500 and the stand for the floor model another $500. My cobbler has the floor version.
One for den and one for study. To buff or not to buff, it's a question innit.
four steps to create a patine/patina.
decapage => stripping. using acetone, bleach, sandpaper, or anything that gets rids of dyes/color. none of the renomat weaksauce. can skip this part for raw leather.
teinture => dyeing. the art of patina.
cirage => polish. either cream or wax. some companies creating faux patina using cirage instead of leather dyes, thus the reason people call it 'art'. but in reality its much less an art/skill compare to shoe dyeing.
glacage => mirror shine/spit shine/fire shine.
the other important part of patina creation is burnishing, which is essentially wax + heat that changes/burns the wax into the leather pore. sole edges finishes this way. toe caps are sometimes 'burnished' by going through high speed polishing machines and wax polishes.
Thanks Chogall. I've cut & pasted that. My search into edge finishing leads me to believe the professionals use a lump of very hard wax + heat from the spinning buffer to burnish this onto the edge. I'll leave it at that, as I don't really know what I'm talking about here. Guess DWF11 would be the man to provide accurate details.
Good advice. I went ahead and gave it a shot tonight. Now giving cirage style patina a try, I can say dye is much easier and more effective as well. Smoother blending and more consistent coverage are the main benefits. The cirage patina was very quick though. A plus if time is an issue.
Great for a first attempt. Still waiting to take the leap myself.