Leather (Vege Tanned) - Natural Russet

0.098 inches

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What is it

Natural, vegetable tanned russet leather.

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Design notes

A light tan colored leather with a smooth finish on one side and a suede like finish on the other. Can be dyed to alter the color and oiled to improve water resistance. Some natural imperfections could appear on the surface of the leather.

As this is a natural material, scorching and ash residue are common as a part of the cutting process. You can see examples of this in the photos above. You should expect to do some finishing once the pieces arrive.

Typical uses

Equestrian, tooling, handcraft, belts, picture frames, hand bags, book binding, carving, stamping.

Environmental info

Vegetable-tanned leather is tanned using tannin and other ingredients found in vegetable matter, tree bark, and other such sources.

Adhesives, joints & fastenings

Rivets and common sewing techniques will work for joining this material.

Hint - Laser cut thread holes and pieces can be stitched neatly by hand.

Tips from other designers

Valerie says:

This material is like a thin layer of papery leather backed with a fibrous material, giving it an overall feel of thick, hard cardboard at the beginning.

As a natural leather, it will take some time for the color to age and develop. I've had my pieces for about 3 months and they are only just starting to change color; exposure to light seems to help.

It also marks easily, including with water.

Cutting two lines too close results in burn marks, which is vital as the material is not reversible.

Raster engraving has a printer-like edge to it (instead of being crisp like the vector engraving, even on medium raster -- refer to the sample of light raster to see this effect).

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