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Couple more pix of my DIY edge finishing below. If you try this, start by gluing the edge layers together first, clamping 12-24 hours with a chip clip with wooden shims to protect the leather. Titebond is good because it's water resistant and nontoxic. Cleans up with water, and if it drips, a wet napkin mops it up.
Once that's dry, sand lightly with fine grit and then do a coating layer. If thin enough it might dry nearly clear. I did thick layers because I wanted a visible bead.
You have a achieved a great result with this. The reason that we do not paint our edges in the way you did is because the paint flexes and chips off the edge. My goal is to make a product that gets better with use. How is yours holding up after 9 weeks?
Thanks! Holding up great. This glue will also crack if flexed greatly, but wallet edges don't seem to move enough for that to happen. (My results on the edges of an old belt were not successful, due to how much a belt bends during use.) I think using a thin coat of edge dressing and doing so only after gluing the edges was also key.
Really enjoying my Tony the Ant. The shell is buttery smooth, and I find it actually doesn't get many nicks if you keep your keys away from it.