Making a linen strop out of denim
To make a "linen" strop out of denim, you need an outer piece wrapped around a core piece, to simulate the weaves of yesteryear which were continuous & had no edges. My first attempt at this used a strip of soft plastic for the core, and silicone RTV adhesive. The adhesive was too liquid & bled through the cloth, and the plastic was too hard, resulting in a strop that felt hard and scratchy.
Background[edit | edit source]
I decided the results would be better if I used a fabric core instead of plastic, and contact cement. I used DAP Weldwood Contact Cement from the hardware store. It comes in a bottle with a built-in brush attached to the inside of the lid.
Making the strop[edit | edit source]
Also, don't fiddle-fart around with the placement. Contact cement bonds the instant it touches itself & it can't be moved. pull the center piece slightly taught, then ram it authoritatively onto the larger piece in one confident motion.