- How long will my order Take?
- Conditioning and Re-finishing
- Breaking in
- Patina Rushing/Colour Deepening
All good things come to those who wait.
These are handmade leather goods, and are made to order. You are not ordering from Amazon. Typically 1-2 days for small items and straps and 5-10 for slings and harnesses. Trust me, they are worth the wait.
For conditioning and refinishing get yourself a good quality leather wax or oil (for example Terrago Mink Oil). Using a soft, clean cloth apply a pea sized bit of oil to the strap working it in on the skin side (outside) only, rub it in thoroughly and leave it to dry, removing excess that doesn't soak in. Apply a second coat if you feel it needs it, and you're done. Easy peasy right?
Because of the use of vegetable tanned leather, all my straps and harnesses will mould to your shape and fit like a glove. The only way to get through this breaking in period is to... You guessed it. Wear it!
If you want to rush the development of the leathers patina or want to deepen the pieces colour, a nifty hack is to leave your strap or harness outside in the sun. Do ensure you do this only when there is no rain forecast, the straps are shower resistant but it will not like a downpour.
Essentially the strap will get a suntan, its colour and patina will develop quicker, you will see considerable change in a day or so.
This process isn't as effective with darker colours, and wont make any change to black straps or harnesses.