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[MR] Re: Leather Hardening
Poster: "Ed Hopkins" <Ed.Hopkins@MCI.Com>
Michael Limner, esq, sketched the following problem:
> > > I am currently rebuilding my arm harness and am looking for
> > > suggestions on how best to harden a leather vambrace. I've
> > > already rubeed wax into it and backed it for about 2 hours at 170
> > > degrees,but it's still too flexible. Any other ideas? Should I
> > > soak it in wax, boil it in hot water, back it longer?
> > What type of wax? Bees wax? Parafin?
> > Please, some one correct me if I am wrong, but doesn't parafin wax make
> > leather a little harder than just bees wax?
> Completely correct. And parafin won't make your vambrace taste like
I think that leather armor must have actually tasted like honey, since
ancient times. It would explain why the Roman poet Quintus Horatius
Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori
(It is sweet and fitting to die for one's country.)
Just a couple of days ago, Duke Sir Cariadoc posted on the Rialto
that he used to harden leather with beeswax, but now prefers using
hot water, in a preduce which he outlines in the posting, and
which he promises to teach at Pennsic. If you'd like, I will
forward that posting to you.
Misce stultitiam consiliis brevem: | Mix a little folly with your counsels:
Dulce est desipere in loco. | It's good to be silly at times.
-- Quintus Horatius Flaccus | -- Horace
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