Waxy 'Pull Up' Leather
This leather is treated with oils and waxes producing an amazing "pull up" effect which lightens in colour when folded or turned. The natural grain of the leather is left intact which allows growth marks and scars to show through giving this leather a beautifully aged look.
When the hides arrive with Colville Leather they arrive un-treated. We believe that this ‘natural’ colouration does not have to be routinely altered. Rather than being dyed, the leather is treated only with olive oil (to replace the oils which may be removed when the product is being handled during the making process) and custom made conditioner (comprising of olive oil and beeswax). This treatment results in a colouration which is not far from that of the hide when it arrived with us. It also allows the leather to interact with its environment meaning that over time, your product will age and acquire a beautiful unique patina. The colour of the leather will, however, alter and deepen over time as it matures. The leather will darken the more it is exposed to sunlight.
We strongly advise keeping your product away from water - whilst there is no dye to rub off, and the conditioner will offer some protection, your accessory is likely to water mark.
Our brown dye is derived from black walnut husks. When applied to the hide it creates a beautiful mottled effect which highlights the natural markings of the leather. The nature of this dye means that it will take differently to every hide and colouration will vary across the leather on the same hide.
We are confident that our brown dye is colourfast where your accessory is treated in accordance with our care instructions. We strongly advise that you keep your accessory away from water because cannot guarantee the dye will remain colourfast if the leather becomes wet - if you drop your wallet into a puddle please don’t dry it using your white shirt!
Due to the nature of the products and dyes used, no two pieces will ever be the same. Each item is distinctive in it’s colouration, and each will change and grow with its owner, creating a patina that is unique to you.
Our black colour is created using ‘Vinegaroon’- a traditional recipe made by dissolving iron shavings in vinegar. The Vinegaroon is not a ‘dye’ and could be more appropriately described as a ‘treatment’ because it does not dye the leather, instead it reacts with the tannins in the leather resulting in a beautiful black. Due to the nature of this method there may be a slight smell of vinegar on brand new items, but you can rest assured that this will fade quickly with use.
We are confident that our products treated with Vinegaroon are colourfast but would not recommend allowing your accessory to get wet in any event as all our products may acquire water marks.
To offer a wider range of colour options Fiebings Professional oil dyes will be used. These dyes give the leather a more uniform colour but they still allow the natural markings of the leather to show through. Because each product is custom dyed they will all be slightly different in their appearance. Once dyed, to protect against moisture the product is finished using Fiebings Acrylic Resolene.
Cutting, dyeing, wetting, and stamping can remove some of the natural oils that are present in the leather. For this reason, once your accessory has been created it will be treated with olive oil to restore what has been lost in the making process. Your accessory will then be treated and finished with a custom made conditioner (a mix of olive oil and beeswax). Unlike other conditioners, ours will allow the leather to interact with its environment, meaning that as your item ages its colouration will deepen and it will mature in appearance.
To look after your product we recommend treating it with a very small amount of olive oil, mink oil, Neatsfoot oil or natural leather conditioner every six months to a year. You can do this by gently rubbing the oil or conditioner into your leather accessory with a lint free cloth. If you wish to speed up the ageing process of the leather, you can treat more regularly (every 3-5 months), but be aware that the process is irreversible!
The picture below shows the ageing process of the leather. On the left is a freshly made Natural coloured Bi-Fold Wallet. On the right is the same wallet but with 6 months of heavy use. This is the natural patina that the leather acquire's over time. Each and every wallet will change differently depending on it’s owner and how it is used.