Burnish Edge Before Or After Stain/finish?
Posted 31 December 2010 - 07:38 PM
Also, I plan to use gum tragacanth on the edges to help with the burnishing.
Posted 31 December 2010 - 08:07 PM
Posted 31 December 2010 - 11:21 PM
i dont no if it the writh way to go but it is for me
Posted 01 January 2011 - 09:22 PM
Posted 01 January 2011 - 09:38 PM
I do it both ways.It really depends on the project. I would normally burnish and dye before applying my final finish to the project, however sometimes necessity dictates that you finish and then work the edges. Do what is most beneficial. If you are using gum tragacanth it is important to keep in mind that the gum tragacanth can prevent your finish from penetratng the leather. For instance if you are going to dye the edge you must do so before using the gum trag. I don't use it for that very reason. I prefer to burnish and then apply dye to my edge becasue I can get a cleaner dye line. Hope this helps.....
I follow your procedure for burnishing edges with great results. I seem to have the best luck finishing the piece before I dye the edges. The Neat-Lac seems to help my unsteady hand from messing up the finish side of the piece. I have never used the gum tragacanth since your method works.
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Posted 02 January 2011 - 09:19 AM
Edited by katsass, 02 January 2011 - 09:22 AM.
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Posted 02 January 2011 - 10:19 AM
Back to your original question: I have always cut out the parts, put them together, molded/tooled if necessary, roughed in my edges by sanding to get them shaped and even, then dyed the item, then burnished and finished the edges last. However, I am working on a project right now that I have burnished my edges prior to dyeing. This is the first time I have done it this way and I will let you know how it turns out. I'm curious to see what happens. I always seem to get the dye all over my hands and burnishing tools and cloths when dying first so I thought I would try it this way in an attempt to keep everything clean.
BTW as the last steps in my process, I apply a couple of light coats of acrylic finish, then stitch, then apply one last light coat of finish. I usually use a contrasting color of waxed linen thread, and this order of things helps to keep the thread clean.
Posted 02 January 2011 - 11:50 AM
I think my local Tandy store just wants to sell me stuff, as they insisted that gum trag was a necessity and the best thing going for finishing edges....
Posted 02 January 2011 - 08:10 PM
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