Diamond slurry

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  1. Todd Ziegler

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    I have some very expensive, high quality water based diamond slurries that a friend gave me and I want to make some strops with them. I was thinking of using balsa wood because of its ability to soak up liquid. One draw back I thought of is, once it dries the diamonds will just flake off. I am just not sure I can get the diamonds inbedded enough to prevent the flaking. If anyone has a suggestion I would love to hear it. I hate to let these products go unused. This is a project I want to try for just for the sake of trying.
     
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    Instead of water, how about super glue lad? I don't know, just asking. joe
     
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    I am not sure what you mean? The slurry already has water in it so I don't think it will work but if you could explain a little more it might help
     
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    You could try getting a belt kit then clamp it to a board. The leather would accept the diamond dust, and regular application of neatsfoot oil should keep the leather from drying out.
     
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    Maybe make a mixture of wax with the dust mixed in?
    Just trying to think of what might work to hold the slurry.
    Would a little beeswax melted and then add the compound in and poured onto a small candle mold to make a crayon that might be used like stropping compound work?
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    Reading your post I see that the slurry is a water mix so I guess my suggestion probably wouldn’t work.
     
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    I don't have diamond dust. This is a diamond slurry with water already in it. I was considering leather and I may end up using it.
     
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    I'd try the old standby, leather. Apply compound, let it dry, then add a light coat of wax on top to set it...?
     
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    I have some polysorbate 20 which helps oil and water blend together, I may try a sample blend of it.
     
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    I think that might be my only option. I appreciate the response.
     
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    I appreciate the responses. I have some diamond dust coming in the mail. What oil would you recommend using with it. I have read that some use mineral oil but I was thinking neetsfoot oil or melting some pure mink oil paste
     
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    How long would you let the leather dry? I am not sure how quickly water drys out of leather.
     
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    Depends how damp the air is...maybe test a piece using plain water? I'd give it a half day, minimum.
     
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    That sounds good Would you use rough side or smooth for something like this. I normally use the smooth side of the leather but for this experiment I was just wondering if the rough side would be better? This is high quality leather and the rough side is close to smooth. I mean as close as you can get for the rough side.
     
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    I was thinking of letting the water evaporate and mixing the dry dust with super glue, but the leather sounds good also. joe
     
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    Diamond paste on a leather strop does a very good job. I don't know if water based slurry will work but it's worth a try if you have some extra.

    My concern is that when the water evaporates, most of the diamond will fall off the leather.

    I'd go smooth side or use a very fine suede. Rough side probably won't give you the contact you'll want at this point in the honing process.

    ETA: When I say rough side, I'm talking about a really rough side. If the leather you're using has a fine, even "rough" side, it will work well.
     
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    Sell the diamonds and buy the Beck Tracker that @forcemultiplyr has on the trade blanket? :3:
     
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    Sorry for the late reply. I also have some diamond dust. Do you have a recommendation for what to mix it with? I did some research and found 3 possible materials. Glycerine propolyn glycol or silicone oil. I also saw beeswax recommended
     
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    I can't say for sure. The paste in the photo is what I use. It's some sort of thick oil solution.
     

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