I am working with veg tanned leather and Fiebings pro dye and antique paste. I want to use some color like blue or green dye in the back ground areas of my tooling, but when I antique the tooling it darkens my colored areas substantially. I am using tan kote or resolene as a resist. If I don’t want the colored areas to get muddy looking, how can I still use antique to emphasize my tooling?

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You are using a great method to color your leather and define your tooling, but you may want to reconsider your materials if you would like to avoid muddiness. Like the generic name suggests, the tan kote and resolene will resist the antique, but it will not prevent it from doing its job. That means that no matter how much you apply, there will still be some darkening. If at all possible, the only thing you would be able to do with those materials is to be extremely, maybe even impossibly, careful about the application. Otherwise, considering other coloring options like paint or protective options like tape may be your solution. 

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