i have been a lurker on this forum for years. I have a leather jewelry business and a background in fine art screen prints. I'm finally getting around to combining the two and would like to screen print on some leather. However i have a few questions i'm hoping you can help me with.
I'm using a larger mesh screen because i'm considering the leather a fabric and want the increased ink flow. I'm also thinking i should be using fabric inks. At the moment i'm only familiar with speedball inks and house paint. I am researching nazdar, and versatex to see which would work better but i am wondering if anyone has a recommendation for an ink....
My other question is about how to handle the thickness of the leather. It starts at 1/8" thick and only gets thicker. I've only ever printed on paper or tshirts... Do i just cut a groove in my back board that is the depth of the leather to allow the leather to sit flush with the rest of the board?
Ok 3 questions... heat setting the fabric ink should be enough to bond the ink to the leather.... do i need to consider sealing the leather with a top coat to protect the art? I'm thinking of belts, or wallets, or guitar straps.... none of which will be washed, but will all see some wear and tare.
thanks for the help.