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Mark Key Studio
Posts: 756
HAVERTOWN, Pennsylvania, US


I'm doing a shoot with a ship wreck theme and I want to make a piece of leather looked aged, tatered and worn. Any tips, tricks or suggestions. Thanks in advance.
Oct 05 12 09:03 pm  Link  Quote 
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NewBoldPhoto
Posts: 4,891
PORT MURRAY, New Jersey, US


Mark Key Studios wrote:
I'm doing a shoot with a ship wreck theme and I want to make a piece of leather looked aged, tatered and worn. Any tips, tricks or suggestions. Thanks in advance.

Perhaps a bit more info on said "piece of leather." Do you have a belt you want to look old or a bag or what?

Oct 05 12 09:11 pm  Link  Quote 
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Thomas Van Dyke
Posts: 1,430
Washington, District of Columbia, US


Mark Key Studios wrote:
Aging leather...

Got a couple of weeks?  Leather Antiquing Stain  albeit there are commercial kits available if you're not inclined to invest the time...

tatered?  maybe someone else can help here...

Oct 06 12 05:52 am  Link  Quote 
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GER Photography
Posts: 7,257
Imperial, California, US


Put it in an oven at a very low temperature with the door open to dry it out. Crumple it up every once and awhile.
Oct 06 12 06:00 am  Link  Quote 
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PTPhotoUT
Posts: 1,934
Salt Lake City, Utah, US


Saltwater (brine) will make leather old in a hurry. Soaking overnight is a saturated solution and allowing it to dry will leave it cracked and old looking. After it dries completely you will have to soak it in fresh water and rinse it thoroughly to get the white salt crust out of it.

For the tattered look, make your cuts before soaking in the brine so they can curl as it dries. Also for more worn looking cuts, instead of using scissors, beat the leather with the edge of a hammer until it splits.
Oct 06 12 06:03 am  Link  Quote 
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Mark Key Studio
Posts: 756
HAVERTOWN, Pennsylvania, US


NewBoldPhoto wrote:

Perhaps a bit more info on said "piece of leather." Do you have a belt you want to look old or a bag or what?

I find great irony in a photographer with exclusively nude photos responding to a styling question.

Oct 07 12 12:31 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Mark Key Studio
Posts: 756
HAVERTOWN, Pennsylvania, US


Thomas Van Dyke wrote:

Got a couple of weeks?  Leather Antiquing Stain  albeit there are commercial kits available if you're not inclined to invest the time...

tatered?  maybe someone else can help here...

Thanks for the link Thomas. smile

Oct 07 12 12:34 am  Link  Quote 
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Mark Key Studio
Posts: 756
HAVERTOWN, Pennsylvania, US


George Ruge wrote:
Put it in an oven at a very low temperature with the door open to dry it out. Crumple it up every once and awhile.

Thank you George.

Oct 07 12 12:34 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Mark Key Studio
Posts: 756
HAVERTOWN, Pennsylvania, US


PTPhotoUT wrote:
Saltwater (brine) will make leather old in a hurry. Soaking overnight is a saturated solution and allowing it to dry will leave it cracked and old looking. After it dries completely you will have to soak it in fresh water and rinse it thoroughly to get the white salt crust out of it.

For the tattered look, make your cuts before soaking in the brine so they can curl as it dries. Also for more worn looking cuts, instead of using scissors, beat the leather with the edge of a hammer until it splits.

I appreciate the feedback. Some great ideas. wink

Oct 07 12 12:35 am  Link  Quote 
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Enigma Arcana
Posts: 156
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


deglaze finish with acetone or tolulene if it's a chrome tanned leather. The brine soak is an excellent suggestion as well

once the leather is dry,
use a sanding block with 200-1000 grit sandpaper(vary the usage of a particular grit as you go) but use a hard bumpy surface to lay the leather over. This will give you a pleasing irregular and natural looking wear...rag on a slightly lighter/ darker acrylic paint to fill in high and low spots then lightly work a dark crayon over the top once that is dry, rub with some canvas to burnish

you'll end up with a nicely worn in look with natural colour variation
Oct 09 12 12:41 pm  Link  Quote 
Clothing Designer
Wilde Hunt Corsetry
Posts: 343
Columbus, Ohio, US


I'm a leather worker (as you can see from my photos). I would strongly caution against soaking leather in water unless you want it to harden up. Most leather will get *extremely* crunchy this way and will look like you starched it.

The advice about using fine sandpaper is a sound and good idea. And you can create additional aging effects with acrylic paints. Thin out the paint with water and paint on the surface, take a soft rag and wipe the surface to get off the excess. Basically any faux painting techniques will work - sponges, flecking with stiff bristle brushes etc...
Oct 09 12 05:07 pm  Link  Quote 
Clothing Designer
Enigma Arcana
Posts: 156
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


the water hardening issue can largely be mitigated by a subsequent application of leather conditioner or glycerine.
Oct 11 12 01:26 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Don-Jones
Posts: 299
Memphis, Tennessee, US


Find a machine shop.  Have them braze it with a torch then sand blast it.  Clean then oil it.
Oct 12 12 01:20 pm  Link  Quote 
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