Stop Leather from Cracking
- You can bend the leather while it is damp and the leather can stretch more. This can be when it is still damp from the dye, or you could get the whole piece damp again.
- You can treat the leather with a conditioner such as olive oil, neatsfoot oil or any of the waxy greasy conditioners out there. After it has penetrated the leather, manipulate the leather to give the fibers a chance to work them selves loose and become lubricated.
- Not all leathers are tanned with the same recipe - some may easily accept an aggressive fold and some may crack just because of the way it was tanned.
- The thicker the leather, the further you expect the outer layer to stretch, which could also be a factor.