In comparison, my old ones looked sadly neglected. One suggestion from the friendly Duckfeet folk was beeswax, and I found a recipe here, that used things I actually had on hand. And haven't they come up well?
The polish has a lovely soft texture, gorgeous golden colour and a mild, natural smell.
And it's so simple to make:
1/2 cup food-grade linseed (flaxseed) oil
1 tablespoon beeswax
Melt together in a bowl over a saucepan of boiling water. Once combined, pour into a glass jar (Vegemite jar works a treat!) and label.
Rub onto leather with a soft cloth. (Totally non-toxic and relatively mess-free for kids.) After a few minutes, buff with a clean cloth.
After (the darkness lightens up and evens out after an hour or so):
I tried it on wood, too. Why not? It smooths on beautifully and the finish is not sticky or oily.
On a completely unrelated note, check this out, poor chooky:
But lucky Clem.
- Jane x