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Step 5: Pre-Burnish

Picture of Pre-Burnish

Burnishing helps edges look finished and neat. For this wallet, I'm choosing to burnish the edges for that clean-cut look.

The reason I'm burnishing right now instead of at the end (which I'll also do) is that certain areas will be difficult to access later, when the wallet is assembled.

The process is simple: wet the edges with water, rub the edge slicker on the wet edge until it makes a squeaky sound while you rub, and repeat the process with beeswax to prevent the edge from fraying later.

You can see the burnished parts of the edges as the darker areas in the pictures.