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Old 09-19-2007, 01:46 PM
brumbie brumbie is offline
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Molded, moulded leather.

Hi all. I don't post much here but read as much as I can.
I have been wet moulding leather lately and have been having a problem with the leather molding.
I have my leather stored in a closet. I cut off what's needed wet the required piece press it on a form that I've made from wood. Let it dry ( I've tried in direct sunlight and in a hallway closet) on the form.
Then when taken off the form the leather appears to have mold over a lot of it.

Duh, what's up here?
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Old 09-19-2007, 02:10 PM
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Maybe there are mode spores or some other issues with the wood form you are using?

Jason Gekeler
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Old 09-19-2007, 07:36 PM
tsterling tsterling is offline
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Try wetting the leather with rubbing alcohol (the unflavored kind) instead of water. That might keep the leather from molding while slowly drying in the mold - no pun intended.
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Old 09-20-2007, 07:59 AM
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Some of the lesser quality leathers seem to want to mold worse than others. It's a good idea to de-glaze the leather with acetone or a similar product prior to dye. That'll help with the mold issue. You can also put the wet leather in a plastic bag and in the refridgerater if you can't get right to it. Maybe the best way to prevent mold issues when wet forming is to use a cheap food dehydrater. Wet the leather, mold to the knife and put in the dehydrater for 4-5 hours. No mold, totally dry and hard molded to you knife.
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Old 09-22-2007, 12:41 PM
brumbie brumbie is offline
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Thanks for the tips. I like the food dehydrator idea. I'll probably make a solar dehydrator and give that one a try.
It is cheaper leather as I am learning how to do all this and need affordable practice.

I never wet the leather until I am ready to put it onto the form immediately. I have thought about spores in the wooden form and intend on sealing it with some thinned out epoxy resin.

Sounds good everyone. Next time I get my gear out I'll try all these tips.
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Old 09-23-2007, 10:06 AM
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I use a food dehydrator also. It can really make a difference in turn around and for me. I turn it up to 145F degrees to get them real hard.
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Old 09-23-2007, 11:58 AM
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I just sit it infront of a small high rpm fan . Turn it over here and there. I also use distilled water.

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