Might have to try this one at some point!
Braiding soap (or something that serves the same purpose) is a necessary part of leather whipmaking. It conditions and strengthens the leather, and serves as a lubricant so that when you pull a strand tight, it slides over and under the other strands and pulls tight clear up into what you’ve already braided.
This is one of the simplest and most basic recipes, and all of the ingredients are either already in your kitchen or can be easily and inexpensively purchased at your local supermarket. For more recipes (often requiring specialty fats you’d need to request from a kind local butcher), check out the forum on the Australian Plaiters and Whipmakers Association site.
You will need:
- A pot, a spoon, and your stove
- A cheese grater
- One (standard size) 4.5oz bar of pure Ivory soap
- One and a half cups of water
- One pound of lard
- A sturdy container with…
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