Wet forming leather

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  1. Gizamo

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    Here is a sheath that is sitting on the warming rack of our wood cookstove. When I wetform... the leather has been colored with Fieblings alcohol dye. I soak the interior with 90% isopropyl alcohol. Wrap the knife in plastic and then strategically place clamps and popsicle sticks with very little pressure. Not enough to leave a mark in the leather.

    The low constant heat from the cookstove sets the leather in a few hours. I then pull the clamps and take the knife out of the sheath. Place the empty sheath back on the stove and let it sit there overnight. It continues to shrink a bit more. By the next morning the leather is hard and the knife fits snug....

    I then finish the sheath by applying wax and burnish.

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  2. Holtzcraft

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    Nice sheath.
     
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    So you're wetforming with alcohol instead of water? Interesting. Blade wouldn't be prone to rust that way the way it would with water, presumably...
     
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    I have been playing with leather for quite a while. Never heard of using alcohol instead of water. I really like the idea! The cool part is that the alcohol should totally evaporate in a short time, where water could take a lot longer.
    Thanks to the OP!
     
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