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Hi,

I'm new to leather making and for my first project I want to make pot handle holders for my cast iron pans.  I was wondering what glue would be safe to use to hold the leather in place.  I read people use rubber cement but I'm afraid of that being an issue when using on a hot piece of iron.  Are there any other recommendations that would be safe to use?

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Rubber cement is temporary - it won't stay.

Contact cement likely work, but not sure how flammable it is after it's dry.  RENIA makes a water based product that should be fine, though I've never personally used it on cast iron :dunno:

For that application, I might try SUPERGLUE or GORILLA GLUE.  If at some point you want to remove them, easy enough to cut the leather off and wire brush the cast iron.

 

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Is your thought to glue the leather onto the pan?  I thought that the handle covers were removable so you can put the cast iron pan into the oven after the initial sear on the range. 

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You'll need an insulation layer between the leather and the metal handle. Something like wood. The constant regular heating of the leather will lead it to dry out, shrink and crack

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I made a slip on handle cover for my cast iron out of suede.  No glue, just stitched it, happened to use linen thread.  Seems to work fine, but I don't leave it on there, just slip it on to move it around, then slip it off again.

YinTx

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I have a couple leather ones I bought and over time it did shrink...(see photo below) It was not lined but pretty thick and sewn.  I bought some printed leather and wanted to make a few myself.  It is thinner leather so I plan to hand sew it and was looking for something to hold it in place while I sewed it together. That's where I read about rubber cement but was concerned about the heat element.  I typically leave the pot hold on my cast iron, because I often move or hold my pan as I cook...but make sure the top of it doesn't touch the main part of the skillet. 

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I do not believe there are many glue's that will stand up to the heat from a hot cast iron pan, because heat is usually used as a release for adhesives.

In Australia, we have Selleys window and glass silicone which is used for stove oven door glass windows. This silicone is rated to 915 degrees C.

I imagine there would be similar brands with identical silicone adhesives in the USA. Maybe Dow or Sika, (other big name brands we have here that you might have).

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From a kitchen hygiene perspective, anything that can't be thrown through the wash has a possibility of becoming the breeding ground for bacteria, so I would be very hesitant to permanently mount leather onto a cast iron pan. I would instead recommend a quilted slip-on or one of the silicone ones.

We used to have a really big knife in our camp kitchen that had a bad habit of not getting washed properly before being stuffed back into the scabbard, and when I cut the old scabbard apart to make a template for the replacement, I discovered a layer of mold inside. Ever since then I've been extra-paranoid about washing anything I can't see into.

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