Boiled Wax Leather Armour (Armor)
Greymeal on boiled leather:
Boiled leather (cuir boili, or some similar spelling) is made by soaking thick leather in a SMELLY, DANGEROUSLY FLAMMABLE mixture of boiling parafin and bees wax (the exact percentages of each escape me). (I don't know how long it needs to boil.) The leather becomes innundated (soaked) with the wax mixture.
The wax-soaked leather is removed from the wax mixture (with heavy gloves, unless you're Madonna or Willem Dafoe) and bent until it cools, retaining its shape.
Because of the smell and the danger of fire, I've read that a good way to boil leather is to heat the wax in a container (ceramic, I think, or possibly an old roasting pan) over an electric hot plate OUTDOORS. I don't know if a crock-pot produces enough heat, but its another possible option.
[FYI, I learned most of this from an article in the Markland PLAGUE newsletter written by one of the original Dagorhir, Halfdan (aka Ron Smith, or Elrohir of the Dispossed).]
Granifar on boiled leather:Vereshnik, there are several ways of boiling/waxing leather. For the two ways I can think of you need:
Doing this to your leather will make it very solid and durable. If your armor ever softens from getting beat on too much, you can throw it back into the oven and reheat it. This will respread the wax and harden the leather right up. Also, be careful when working with hot wax, it burns like a ****** when you get it on open skin, hence the gloves. Pliers or some other cooking utensils are usually good to manipulate the leather.
Just for reference, Pentwyvern allows 9/10 ounce leather as armor and it does not have to be hardened.
The Viking Girl on boiled leather:
Some helpful hints in addition to those already posted about the subject...
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