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Help, over oiled leather!

Discussion in 'Sheaths & Such' started by Maineiac1, Nov 12, 2018.

  1. Maineiac1

    Maineiac1

    312
    May 3, 2017
    I got a little carried away with some neats foot oil on a veg tan leather sheath I made. The top half of the sheath is dark and very oily wet. Bottom half is as it should be oiled. Ive let the sheath hang in a warm room hoping it would even out but after two days nothing..

    What can I do to take some of the oil out without ruining the sheath? 170 degrees in the oven? Baking soda? Warm water and dawn dish soap? I’m sure I’ll have to wetform it again if I do any of these.. I also tried covering it in desiccant overnight and didn’t see a difference..

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    Last edited: Nov 12, 2018
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  2. jux t

    jux t

    229
    Jan 10, 2018
    Kitty litter, corn starch, chalk. Maybe 70% alcohol if those don't work.
     
  3. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    Sometimes it can take quite a while for the oil to even out. i had a holster once that took a couple of months. It had a thumb break over the top and I'd oiled both sides of this to make it more flexible and the results were very similar to what your pic is showing. I normally only oil the exterior of a project. Anyhoo it did even out. Fortunately it was a holster for me so I wasn't waiting to send it to some one. I would guess from your pic that time will take care of your problem.
     
  4. Maineiac1

    Maineiac1

    312
    May 3, 2017

    That’s exactly what I did and why the top half is over oiled. I applied oil to both sides not thinking it would soak evenly all the way through. Lesson learned. Thanks!
     
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  5. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    Ya bet just give er time it'll probably fix itself. Very nice work btw and an interesting design.
     
  6. Maineiac1

    Maineiac1

    312
    May 3, 2017
    Thank you, I made a post a while ago about double knife sheaths and got some ideas from your pouch as well as some others!

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  7. bonafide

    bonafide Leather Sheathmaker, JouFuu Leathers Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 20, 2013
    Looks like a design Sandy Morrissey use to make.
     
  8. Maineiac1

    Maineiac1

    312
    May 3, 2017
    Worked out for me. Soaked some oil out with a towel and hung her to even out.

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