It's also why good handcrafted leatherwork is expensive. The material isn't cheap, and on top of that there is a consequent amount of time invested.
But with good care, it can last a life-long. And you buy something special, with a soul, not something going straight off a factory on the other side of the world.
Better invest in a good quality product and buy it once, than a cheap alternative and buy it 10 times. 5/5
After this step, my friends Bee Wax and "Lissette" come in da place.
I apply bee wax on the edge and rub it energetically with this wooden tool for a consequent amount of time.
By this action, the leather's fibers will stick together and form a kind of soft polished "crust".
It's a long and tiring process, but I prefer this to the alternative that uses a protective varnish that looks like plastic. I'm an DIY art lover anyway, the hardest the better.
But how do you do this ?
First step, you need to use a specific tool, called "abat carre" in french (I don't have a clue about the English name, sorry).
His role is to cut through the leather edge. You do this on both side.
It looks easy to use but it's not so much, you need to apply a constant strength with a smooth movement, or you will have a lot of irregularity in deepness and straightness. 3/?
preventing humidity and water to go inside. It prevents cracks on the leather edge too.
It's also more comfortable to wear this way, and it's important because this piece will be wear a couple of hours straight on the skin, with movement implied. 2/?
Leatherworking ; a thread.
First of all, I really want to focus on one point : the work on the leather's slice.
A cheap to medium quality leatherwork will simply have straight, unworked edges because it makes it easier and faster to do.
In this pic, you can see the major difference between an unworked slice, and a waxed and worked one.
Why doing this ?
First, because it's better-looking ofc. But most importantly because it will greatly improve the leather durability by 1/?
@glitchyhare Great breeders know or assume what color genotype their dogs carry by looking at the whole pedigree and offspring of each dogs, but sometimes an allele can stay silent for a while until you match it with a dog who has it too.
For example, you can have 10generations of classic colored Malinois shepherds, and still got a brindle pup because a long time ago, the breed was mixed with Dutch shepherds.
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Linked to this poem of de Vigny https://anathanwest.com/2014/04/12/alfred-de-vigny-the-death-of-the-wolf/
Friendly reminder that your brain and knowledge work always in the background and can suddenly process out of the blue something you've been unsuccessfully trying to handle for a while.
Let's hope that now I will understand colors lmao, miracles happen.
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