Breaking in leather?

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Breaking in leather?

Kkay Kkay
Anyone have tips for breaking in leather? I've noticed some extra softness and give with my wrist and ankle restraints over time, and I have a collar for assignment that's a touch too snug. It's uncomfortable enough to not want to do the usual 'wear it until you make it' route.
11/07/2011
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Pixel Pixel
I usually just carry new leather around with me (when it's appropriate to do so), constantly twisting and moving it around. It's faster than wearing it til it gets soft, lol.
11/08/2011
Rawhide Rawhide
Fasten it tightly around a column or something round that has the circumference you desire the collar to have. Give it time, unfastening and refastening it once a week until it stretches to an acceptable fit.
11/09/2011
bdvnt bdvnt
I do a little leather work as a hobby, so I have a suggestion. Lexol is a good leather conditioner to treat your restraints with. It helps keep the leather from drying out and it gently softens the leather when it is first applied. Just rub a little into the leather, then flex the material wherever it is too stiff. It will still take some time, but this will speed up the process. You should let the item dry overnight before wearing it too. Lexol is also good for keeping the leather nice when its an item you sweat on, like a collar or cuffs.

I don't recommend some of the other leather conditioners like neatsfoot oil. Great for a baseball glove, but not for something you intend to wear on your skin like a collar.

Oh yeah, you can get lexol at any leather shop, some car parts stores (for leather car seats), some shoe stores, farm stores (saddles and tack), and places like that. It isn't very expensive, and it's worth it. I hope this helps.
11/09/2011
Kkay Kkay
Quote:
Originally posted by bdvnt
I do a little leather work as a hobby, so I have a suggestion. Lexol is a good leather conditioner to treat your restraints with. It helps keep the leather from drying out and it gently softens the leather when it is first applied. Just rub a ...
Thank you very much for the advice! ^_^
11/10/2011
bdvnt bdvnt
Quote:
Originally posted by Kkay
Thank you very much for the advice! ^_^
Happy to help. I hope it does.
11/11/2011
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