Burnishing leather edges is a great way to make a leather project look amazing. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, burnishing is basically polishing the rough edges of  (bridle) leather. But before burnishing you have to round the edges with a edge-beveler, I have them in different sizes. Than sand the edges with fine sanding paper., and wet the edges (water with a little saddle soap, or gum tragacanth) before you start.

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Burnishing edges can be a pretty time consuming technique, but the way it finishes a project is well worth it.
First times I burnished the edges of my projects I did this in a simple way: manual labor and a slicker! A few years ago I bought a slicker I could attache on a drill machine, that was a big improvement, but I had only one size. So I bought a sophisticated cocobolo leather burnisher. From this time on, burnishing is great fun.

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As you can see in the photos below, taking the time to finish the edges really does improve the end product. It looks much more stylish than a raw edge.

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Just look how the punched holes and edges of my heart cable organizer hearts are smooth and beautifully shaped.

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Burnishing leather

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