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leather backpack

Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:45 am
by George P.
making one to use instead of my horrible modern bag. What kind of leather should I use. I usually use normal veg tan then dye it, but i dont want to have to dye it, and i dont want it bleeding on the stuff inside. What kind of leather should I use, where should I get it and how thick should it be?


Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:44 am
by Eric the well read
It would help if we knew- What period? Status? Military or civilian?


Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 2:19 pm
by George P.
quite a few periods- I'll be making quite a few bags. its not the pattern that i need, just what leather would do the best job. the first one will be civilian, byzantine if it means anything to you. thanks :)

Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:22 pm
by gregory23b
If you are dyeing them with period colours then bleed is not realyl an issue, exp with black as that is a chemical process combining the tannin in leather and the iron in the blacking, ie it is not paint.

Also, dependent on which ear leather was often only dyed on the visible side to reduce the use of expensive dye on surfaces that were not seen.

Black is easy, brush a solution of ferrous sulphate onto the leather and hey presto grey/black a quick rub with some oil and it is lush.

Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 6:40 pm
by George P.
where would i get some of that? I'd rather not have to make it myself. :)


Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 8:17 pm
by gregory23b
Ferrous sulphate is available at garden centres as a soil improver, around a quid or two for a kilo.

try it out on samples to see how concentrated you want it.

You can also use 'the black liquid found underneath grindstones [the water well]' ie it is the iron filings that have to some extent releases iron ions into the water.

I suspect the ferrous sulphate to be easiest acquisition.

Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:04 pm
by George P.
what thickness veg tan should I use? 2,3,4 mm? I would like it to be relatively soft.


Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:07 pm
by gregory23b
No idea mate, I am no leather worker, I am a dauber so in my readings I have found medieval leather dye recipes.

My work here is done ;-)

Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:17 pm
by George P.
I am a leather worker but i've only done armour and pouches.

thanks anyway :)