In order for the leather to be ready for work, it needs to be wetted, watered, because when the leather gets wet, its fibers swell and become more pliable. The moistened leather of vegetable tanning becomes soft and supple and from it is possible to create and give the form to patterns or the leather.
How to learn to impregnate the leather with water? This question will be answered only by your practice, of course we will try to present the essence of the case, but without the practice of high results can not be achieved. Only if you wet the leather to the desired extent, you will feel it when carving with a rotary knife, or when working with stamps (like leather stamp x507) – the knife will cut perfectly, and the stamps will leave a perfect impression. If the leather you moisturized almost returned to its normal color – this is the time when you need to take a rotary knife and cut. There is a simple way to check the readiness of the leather, if you lean the leather to the cheek and it is still cold – it means it is still wet, but if the leather is warm – this is the very moment. After a while you will be able to determine it by eye without any worries.
How to moisturize the leather? Very simply, take a damp sponge and just rub the moisture into the leather until it is saturated with moisture and stop absorbing water well and leave it to dry. As soon as the leather begins to return to its natural color – it is a signal to start cutting it.
If when cutting out a pattern with a rotary knife the leather in some places starts to dry up, it is necessary to carry out simply on these sites a damp sponge and to continue to cut. If the leather is dry and you miss the moment, the rotary knife will not cut it qualitatively. If the leather on the contrary is very wet, the cuts will not diverge as it should be and apply patterns stamps will be problematic. If you moisturized the leather to the desired condition and waited properly when the leather dries, the cuts after the rotary knife should remain open.
Be careful not to use metal containers for water, in places where the leather will come into contact with the metal, because there may be stains that do not withdraw. The same applies to the chips after sharpening the blades, if it gets on the leather , then there will be the same spots.
If you wet the leather , but can not work with it right now, the best way to stop the drying process is to put the leather in a plastic bag. This will make it possible to keep the leather moist for much longer and when you have the opportunity, you can immediately get to work. But if you keep the wet leather in polyethylene long enough, the leather may form mold and it will either spoil the material, or take you a lot of time to put it in order.
To avoid stretching the leather when working on it stamps, paste on the inside of the tape, or glue it to the work surface, it is important that the work surface can rotate in this case.
If a few drops of water got on the dry leather, absorbed and dried, they can leave spots that are then very difficult to remove. If the water still got, must wet the entire surface of the leather, and the place where it happened to wet more abundant than the rest of the surface. Wet the leather in places of falling drops need as long as the traces of stains will not disappear, otherwise they will remain forever. If you did everything correctly, the leather will dry evenly and there will be no traces on it.