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Offline upthecreek

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Waxing my axe mask
« on: May 01, 2017, 04:39:42 PM »
Disclaimer --> I am a novice with only luck on my side in most cases when it come to leathercraft.

That being said, this is how I wax leather stuff.

I have a cool little pan that hols the wax and a old hot plate. Water in the bottom boils and melts the wax to liquid.



I have two things of bees wax, One is a 50/50 mixture with paraffin, one is all paraffin. The paraffin melting point is way lower.



After it melt I use an old piece of cotton and dab it all over the leather. I try to be uniform applying it. Then after I soak it pretty good I put it in an old toaster oven and heat the leather up. I don't like dunking it. In my opinion it just puts too much on it. I get the oven about 175 ~ 200 and rub it as it heats.



As it cools I use a clean cloth to rub it. I just don't care for a lot of excess. This is what I started with.



This is finished. May have taken 30 minutes. Stiffens it up real good and water will bead on it.



Nice deep color too.



Me like and this axe project is pretty much finished.

Creek






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Re: Waxing my axe mask
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2017, 04:48:33 PM »
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Re: Waxing my axe mask
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2017, 05:06:28 PM »
awesome!!

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Re: Waxing my axe mask
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2017, 05:45:16 PM »
My mom had one of those egg poachers for many years....don't know where it went. :shrug:

Good idea for different waxes and wax combos.....even a space left for a poached egg! :thumbsup:
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Re: Waxing my axe mask
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2017, 06:23:29 PM »
Sweet!...came out real nice...them copper rivets really add to the look :)...woods
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Re: Waxing my axe mask
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2017, 06:58:32 PM »
I am a big fan of bees wax for numerous applications.  I have been applying it  to some of my forged ironwork instead of cheaper paraffin wax.  To my chagrin, the beeswax treated ironwork is rusting faster than the parafin treated iron.  Is beeswax more porous than parafin wax?
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Re: Waxing my axe mask
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2017, 07:12:03 PM »
  Is beeswax more porous than parafin wax?

I have absolutely no idea QC. The chemical make up of the paraffin is probably rusts enemy. I figure bees never think about rust much.

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Re: Waxing my axe mask
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2017, 04:21:44 AM »
Nicely done.

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Re: Waxing my axe mask
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2017, 06:44:29 PM »
nicework, creek
btw natural bees wax contains various enzymes and acids
that could be the reason for the rusting.