aging leather

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  1. Elessar1202

    Elessar1202 New Member

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    I am making a jacket like Aragorn wears in FOTR and i was wondering how you guys would make it look all muddy and aged. I like to wear the jacket with other things so i don't want it to smell, so would it be a good idea to get it wet and muddy? Any help would be great
     
  2. waenlotien

    waenlotien Healer/ Magicuser

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    hmmmm,
    one things i did to help give it the aged look was put it in a dryer. mine was big though( i got it wet)when it came out it had shrunk some. I put my leather in a large pillowcase filled with rocks LOL
    maybe you could put soome dirt clumps in it for the muddy look.
     
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    waenlotien Healer/ Magicuser

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    I went to to the tribe yesterday and one of the ladies told me to do this, she said when they are making a patch or whatever and they want to match it to look the same as the others, she uses a rough grade sand paper and goes against the grain.
     
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    Try rubbing in some coffee grounds. Its a good way to simulate dirt and grim.
     
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    ryan King Of Gondor

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    yeah but it will smell like a capachino lol
     
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    How about shoe polish?
     
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    The pillow case and rocks sounds like it'd work well.

    You could also put it up against a boulder and pound it with a rubber mallet.
     
  8. defyitall

    defyitall Art House Member

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    when i had to age my duster the night before ORC I used a small "Mouse" palm sander to really bang up and wear the leather. Then used sand paper and a wire brush to damameg it further. Still havem't dirtied it so I can't help with that.