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10631Re: [medieval-leather] Re: Wax OR water hardening leather.

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  • Neil Carr
    Mar 1, 2006
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      Jon Terris wrote:

      > --- In medieval-leather@yahoogroups.com, <khailil1180@...> wrote:
      > >
      > > Have to agree, veg tanned works best when water hardened.
      >
      > Is that the general consensus?
      >
      > Does water hardening give a more rigid leather than wax hardening?
      >
      > If so, will the technique of heating the leather and THEN applying
      > water work or does it have to be dipped?
      >
      > Again, I'm worried about ruining the work I've done so far- my one
      > experience of water dipped leather came out hard but VERY scarred.
      >
      > Anyone have any advice on the safest way to do this without ruining
      > everything?
      >
      > Please? Pretty Please?
      >
      > Jon.
      >
      >
      Soak the leather through, then bake at ~75 degr. This is a lot safer
      than dipping into hot water, IMO. I don't think heating then applying
      water will work very well.
      Thomas
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