The Ultimate Guide to Slicking Edges

The Ultimate Guide to Slicking Edges

Are you a leathercraft enthusiast looking to take your projects to the next level? One essential technique you need to master is slicking edges. In this ultimate guide, we will explore the art of slicking edges and how it can elevate your leathercraft projects, such as wallets and more. We'll also introduce you to our top-notch products that can help you achieve professional results.

What is Slicking Edges?

Slicking edges is the process of refining and smoothing the raw edges of leather to give them a polished and professional appearance. It involves using specialised tools and techniques to create clean, rounded edges that not only look great but also enhance the durability of your leather items.

Why Slick Edges Matter

When it comes to leathercraft, attention to detail is crucial. Slicked edges not only add a touch of elegance to your projects but also serve a practical purpose. By slicking the edges, you prevent the leather from fraying or unraveling over time, ensuring your creations stand the test of time.

Tools of the Trade

To achieve perfectly slicked edges, you'll need a few essential tools:

  • Edge Beveler: This tool helps you create a rounded edge by removing excess material.
  • Burnishing Tool: Used to rub the edges of the leather, creating friction and heat that smooths and seals the fibers.
  • Canvas or Denim: These materials are ideal for burnishing as they provide the right amount of friction.
  • Water, Gum Tragacanth or Tokonole: These substances are applied to the edges to lubricate and facilitate the burnishing process.

The Slicking Process

Now that you have the necessary tools, let's dive into the slicking process:

  1. Trim the edges of your leather piece to ensure they are even and free from any rough spots.
  2. Use an edge beveler to create a rounded edge. Hold the tool at a slight angle and run it along the edge, removing a thin strip of leather.
  3. Dampen the edges with water or apply gum tragacanth to lubricate the surface.
  4. Take the burnishing tool and firmly rub it back and forth along the edge. Apply consistent pressure to generate heat and friction.
  5. Switch to a piece of canvas or denim and continue rubbing until the edges become smooth and glossy.
  6. Repeat the process, applying multiple layers of water, gum tragacanth or Tokonole, and burnishing until you achieve the desired result.

Introducing Our Premium Slicking Products

At Mollies, we understand the importance of high-quality tools and materials in leathercraft. That's why we offer a range of top-notch products to help you achieve impeccable slicked edges:

  • Edge Bevelers: Includes various sizes of edge bevelers to suit different leather thicknesses, allowing you to create precise and uniform edges.
  • Burnishing Tools: Includes a selection of burnishing tools and slickers made from premium materials, ensuring optimal performance and durability.
  • Gum Tragacanth: Our high-quality gum tragacanth provides excellent lubrication for smooth and efficient burnishing.
  • Tokonole: A water based alternative to gum tragacanth and it works beautifully to achieve smooth, glossy edges. 

With our products, you can take your leathercraft projects to new heights and impress others with your professional finish.


Slicking edges is an essential skill for any leathercraft enthusiast. By mastering this technique and using the right tools, you can elevate the quality and appearance of your projects. Remember to practice patience and precision as you refine your edges. Explore our range of premium slicking products to enhance your leathercraft experience. Happy crafting!

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