Tip of the Month: Another reason why I don't use leather dyes.
A true "Top Ten" list from an online gourd friend, Susan Sawatzky
The bad news is that I just spilled half a bottle of black leather dye in my lap.
The good news is:
10. Only one bad word escaped my mouth
9. Fortunately I had a plastic mat on the floor
8. The bottle was only half full
7. I will be able to get rid of a very old pair of jeans
6. Or I could keep the jeans to wear every time I use leather dye
5. I had put the gourd the black was to go on out of the way to test several colors on a piece of scrap
4. The test scrap looks very good
3. It gave me an excuse to go upstairs and make my husband laugh
2. My legs are fat enough so my chair didn't get hit
1. It isn't summer so don't have to wear shorts for a while
I used leather dyes occasionally when I first started working on gourds, but no longer use them. We have very intense sun (and probably 350 days of it per year) in Arizona, so fading was a huge problem. I pulled pieces from galleries that had lost most of their color and redid them with paints so they would be more color fast. All inks, dyes, paints and other coloring media will eventually fade with time and prolonged light exposure. That is one of the reasons why museums have special lighting and few windows. The most colorfast are acrylic or oil paints, dyes are the least colorfast and everything else is somewhere in between. When in doubt, make a test scrap and expose the piece to plenty of sun to see how it will react.
And if you DO use leather dyes... an old coffee mug makes a great dye bottle holder!