Wax burnished leather is used on such items as cowboy boots, leather shoes, purses and belts. The surface of the leather is very smooth and normally shiny. Some burnished leather has a semigloss appearance. A special metal burnishing tool or a pointed wooden stick made specifically for burnishing leather is used to create the smooth appearance. Burnishing wax, metal burnishing tools and pointed wooden sticks are available at hobby and craft stores that sell leather supplies. Practice on a piece of tooling leather prior to wax burnishing the final project.
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Things you need
- 8-inch square tooling leather
- Burnishing wax
- Soft cloth
- Leather burnishing tool
Place the 8-inch square piece of tooling leather on a flat work surface so the front side of the leather is facing up.
Apply a thin layer of burnishing wax to the surface using a circular motion. Allow the wax to air dry 5 to 15 minutes. The wax is dry when the surface becomes dull.
Wipe excess wax from the surface of the leather with a soft cloth using small circular motions.
Turn the leather burnishing tool so the round smooth edge is on the bottom. Place the metal curved edge in the centre of the tooling leather. Press down on the burnishing tool while moving it in small circular motions over the leather surface. The surface will become smooth and have a semigloss or gloss finished when complete.