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post #1066 of 1143
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Originally Posted by clarkyin View Post

WOW bluecollar. I live in canada and i'd love to learn how to make that if you have the time to teach me Lol!!!

Looks like a top grade bag! i've been wanting to get into leatherwork and i don't know where to start!

shog[1].gif I am in no way a master craftsman, but your kind words mean a lot.

With any trade or craft buy the absolute best tools that you can afford. They really do help you create a better finished product.
post #1067 of 1143
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That leather case is amazing.

Thank you sir.
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So I got a vintage miltary jacket with the intention of overdyeing it.  Basically I've been wanting a visvim kilgore / wtaps jungle jacket / post overalls bdu jacket and thought it might be a fun, cheap experiment to play around with an original first.  It is a 3rd pattern jungle jacket in ERDL camo. The tag with DSA number fell off so I don't know precisely what year it is.  Robert Duvall's Napalm sniffing Lt. Colonel Kilgore (for whom the Visvim version is named) wears the regular olive drab version in Apocalypse Now.

 

It was supposed to come out a deep blueish-black with the camo still just visible.   However this was my first time experimenting with cold water fiber reactive dye and I ran out of salt (which works as the fixative) and so I lost most of the colour when I rinsed it afterwards.  I blame the non-metric measures all the dyeing recipes seemed to use - I don't know how much a US 'cup' is, particularly if I go to a store and buy something by weight. Ughhh

 

I might have another go at some point, after having bulk bought salt.  Or with some good old fashioned ritdye. (I didn't use ritdye first time round as its supposed to be quite harsh on cotton fabric and this thing has been well loved / has some holes.  That and the cold water dyes are supposed to give good colour).

 

before:

 

after:

 

so not a huge difference, but it is darker and has a bluish tinge. 

The other problem is I now really want a fashunz version ie. Visivim :embar:

 

Fit, after:

 

post #1069 of 1143
What paint do you guys use to paint your shoes?
post #1070 of 1143
I want to patina paint my shoes too! I want to learn how to strip and paint
post #1071 of 1143
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Originally Posted by Lorcan7 View Post

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So I got a vintage miltary jacket with the intention of overdyeing it.  Basically I've been wanting a visvim kilgore / wtaps jungle jacket / post overalls bdu jacket and thought it might be a fun, cheap experiment to play around with an original first.  It is a 3rd pattern jungle jacket in ERDL camo. The tag with DSA number fell off so I don't know precisely what year it is.  Robert Duvall's Napalm sniffing Lt. Colonel Kilgore (for whom the Visvim version is named) wears the regular olive drab version in Apocalypse Now.

It was supposed to come out a deep blueish-black with the camo still just visible.   However this was my first time experimenting with cold water fiber reactive dye and I ran out of salt (which works as the fixative) and so I lost most of the colour when I rinsed it afterwards.  I blame the non-metric measures all the dyeing recipes seemed to use - I don't know how much a US 'cup' is, particularly if I go to a store and buy something by weight. Ughhh

I might have another go at some point, after having bulk bought salt.  Or with some good old fashioned ritdye. (I didn't use ritdye first time round as its supposed to be quite harsh on cotton fabric and this thing has been well loved / has some holes.  That and the cold water dyes are supposed to give good colour).

before:



after:



so not a huge difference, but it is darker and has a bluish tinge. 
The other problem is I now really want a fashunz version ie. Visivim shog%5B1%5D.gif

Fit, after:


yeah that change looks pretty mild, you should try the boiling dyes

I've recently done several od's on some shirts/sweaters/pants I rarely wear, a couple with textured print too and all turned out pretty good, did them with both powdered and tiny pellet dyes that work with boiling water over a stove for like an hour, easy peasy, wish I took some before pictures but I'll post some result pics later

I've already tried regular od, dip-dye, tie dye, colorblock and of course some fuckups along the way, have done it on 100% cotton, cotton-blend, 100% wool and 100% linen, always found boiling dyes work best just make sure the pot is big enough and when doing dip dye DO NOT leave the undyed part of the garment just poring out of the pot and lying on the stove top, I learned this after burning the first shirt biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by BillKillgore View Post

What paint do you guys use to paint your shoes?
I think somebody here said they used regular house paint
post #1072 of 1143
so heres what I got on the dyed stuff.....

OD on prints, 2 shirts, 1 pant, all were white with blue and some other color(s), started with navy dye on the pant (right) then mixed in some royal blue dye as the navy consumed on the pant and I added the 2 shirts one (left) by one (middle)

tie dyes, went light on the t and heavy on the pant, used a charcoal dye

navy OD on cotton sweater which was lavender on top, mint green bottom with brown/yellow stripe

black dip dye on wool cardigan

far from perfect but its a good starting point/learning process for future projects, also I could always re-dye/re-dip these to hopefully get better results

also those are just some randoms as I've done so many by now, but I'll post others latter on
Edited by canstyleace - 7/31/14 at 11:52am
post #1073 of 1143
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Originally Posted by canstyleace View Post

so heres what I got on the dyed stuff.....
~snip~

black dip dye on wool cardigan



far from perfect but its a good starting point/learning process for future projects, also I could always re-dye/re-dip these to hopefully get better results

I think the cardigan is my favorite. That looks pretty cool!
post #1074 of 1143
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Originally Posted by canstyleace View Post

black dip dye on wool cardigan



far from perfect but its a good starting point/learning process for future projects, also I could always re-dye/re-dip these to hopefully get better results

 

This is amazing. Did you use RIT dye? How does the wool dyeing process differ from cotton?

post #1075 of 1143
Nice experiments!
post #1076 of 1143
If you guys are interested in dyeing, Dharma Trading Co is a great resource. I've personally used a lot of their dyes and they're awesome.
post #1077 of 1143
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Originally Posted by troika View Post

Did you use RIT dye? How does the wool dyeing process differ from cotton?
Not rit, I used powder dye labelled fine dark black but not sure on the brand since I've used several different brand dyes to try them out and see which work best, none were rit thought, I've heard it kinda sucks and their black isnt really that black to begin with

Dying wool is similar to cotton, just add some white vinegar to the water as it helps to set the dye and you also boil it at a bit higher temp than you would cotton

I've also done a dip dye/gradient effect on both ends of a leather jacket, I did it by hand though

Edited by canstyleace - 7/29/14 at 5:11pm
post #1078 of 1143
Jacket looks great ... but I would be concerned about the leather shrinking as it dries.
post #1079 of 1143
^ thanks, but I didn't dye/soak the jacket in water, so no risk of shrinkage, you can see in that pic that the lining isn't dyed at all

I used a piece of cloth to apply both concentrated and diluted leather dye coats on the top and bottom of the jacket, let it set for a bit then reconditioned the jacket
post #1080 of 1143
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Originally Posted by canstyleace View Post

^ thanks, but I didn't dye/soak the jacket in water, so no risk of shrinkage, you can see in that pic that the lining isn't dyed at all

I used a piece of cloth to apply both concentrated and diluted leather dye coats on the top and bottom of the jacket, let it set for a bit then reconditioned the jacket

Any shot at a step by step guide on how to do this? With a material list? Thanks
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