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    Ageing a leather watch strap

    Any top tips please.

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    Use it and wait. :)

    Best wishes,
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    Patina takes time, for example, a ww1 strap acquires it over time, you can't just recreate that.

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    I used emery cloth on one to dull it,just don’t go to far with it.

    Then I rolled it around wet in my palm wet,let it dry then polished it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwest76 View Post
    I used emery cloth on one to dull it,just don’t go to far with it.

    Then I rolled it around wet in my palm wet,let it dry then polished it.
    And what about the strap?

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    Quote Originally Posted by seadog1408 View Post
    Patina takes time, for example, a ww1 strap acquires it over time, you can't just recreate that.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sean View Post
    And what about the strap?

    You got me

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    Ask this guy, he knows how it works. Brand new strap looks like it's from WW1:

    When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser - probably not Socrates

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    Wear it, use it, take care of it (clean it with a damp cloth and air dry periodically). Let the wabi sabe happen.

    Trying to fake it will likely just end up looking faked, and the wearer’s credibility will suffer. Just my 2p.

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    I roll straps several times and the apply Redwings boot oil. This softens, waterproofs, and gives the strap a patina. If you do this once a week for a month or so your strap will look aged but not faked.

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    Attach it to the back of a car on a rainy day, head off up the motorway, should do the trick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChromeJob View Post
    Wear it, use it, take care of it (clean it with a damp cloth and air dry periodically). Let the wabi sabe happen.

    Trying to fake it will likely just end up looking faked, and the wearer’s credibility will suffer. Just my 2p.
    My understanding of wabi sabi is not that it reflects imperfection as a result of use, but rather the imperfection is in the creation. So, the difference between a pot that isn't perfectly round and has some rough edges, and a pot which started as perfectly round with no rough edges, but which got a chip in it. (For some value of "perfectly round.")

    It may be a slightly different story if the orginally perfectly round and smooth pot with a chip is repaired and the repair is apparent. (Again different if the "repair" is designed in.)

    An interesting case is a pair of jeans with designed in holes in the knees. Wabi sabi? I wouldn't think so. The jeans are designed to look worn, not to reflect the imperfections associated with life.

    Best wishes,
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    Last edited by rfrazier; 17th May 2019 at 08:10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rfrazier View Post
    My understanding of wabi sabi is not that it reflects imperfection as a result of use, but rather the imperfection is in the creation. So, the difference between a pot that isn't perfectly round and has some rough edges, and a pot which started as perfectly round with no rough edges, but which got a chip in it. (For some value of "perfectly round.")

    It may be a slightly different story if the orginally perfectly round and smooth pot with a chip is repaired and the repair is apparent. (Again different if the "repair" is designed in.)

    An interesting case is a pair of jeans with designed in holes in the knees. Wabi sabi? I wouldn't think so. The jeans are designed to look worn, not to reflect the imperfections associated with life.

    Best wishes,
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    A fiver for a picture of your legs in torn jeans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raffe View Post
    A fiver for a picture of your legs in torn jeans.
    ;) Actually, I don't own a pair of jeans. Haven't since about 1980. More a baggy khaki/chinos sort of guy.

    Best wishes,
    Bob

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