special needs

Leather Coloring

Coloring of the leather is required sometimes to make letters, brands, background or tooling stand out.
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Also on leather with color applied to surface with acrylics or as in a vat (by a large container) where leather is tanned & colored. You can mix colors to touch up blemishes where color and grain have been damaged in small areas such as scuffed Ostrich or even Gator.

There are many other areas which complete recoloring also can be done when leather is cleaned properly. You can then air brush color on to say…….match metal flake color on a motorcycle, gas tank, or where your saddle bags need to match perfectly and with an air brush it is possible. Then there is shading, toning, antiquing, blending, and using acrylics to color for example a tooled flower. Then oil or alcohol-based colors are used to shade the petals which bleeds in lighter to the center of the tooled flower. It’s rather beautiful. This is a technique which is stunning at the least.  But don’t get me wrong, the brush still dyes background in tooling quite well.

Types of Dyeing Techniques:

  • acrylic
  • oil base
  • Alcohol base
  • Berry
  • Beatle
  • New age chemical dyeing
  • Antiquing
  • Coloring naturally by the Sun tanning

Custom Designing for Special Needs

This is a service offered with confidence in years of designing and creating in performance related leather projects. Examples of custom designing include saddles and tack, autos, motorcycles, airplane panels, desk inserts, law enforcement belts and furniture. Interior and exterior projects for the casino chains in Nevada, includes specialized animal harness, trapeze and high wire.

But if you have an idea, I can sketch it as you explain any term pertaining to the building of it in order to have you feel comfortable of the outcome. In some instances where a project is justified and in need, I can come to you at your company, ranch or even abroad. For instance, a saddle being sketched by design by Prototyped with conversion into patterns that include making Rule dyes. We also teach making this protype conversion.

I have references in all areas of my skills and training qualifications. Also I design and make Glass Saddle trees with ground work built in your groundwork design or mine as required.

I build to your specs, if it allows consistency in seat fitting.   In other areas where a color item is called for then my airbrush skills are handy which includes custom color matching.  If you have any ideas or dreams, or need a leather related projects…. Email me at, ed@oakbrandleather.com ________ Ed