Oilcloth tote bag

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Oilcloth has a long and fascinating history that is beyond the scope of this post, but suffice it to say that it makes good canvas into great canvas, and makes a water resistant product from what is essentially a sponge. I bought this tote bag from Amazon.com for $41.

41xBvz078hLI then warmed 3 parts beeswax, one part boiled linseed oil, one part pine tar, and one part turpentine in a double boiler and brushed it in with a disposable brush. I used a heat gun to make sure it penetrated it the cloth thoroughly, let it dry, and scraped the excess with a razor blade. Now, it’s super durable and waterproof! The closest commercially-available product is about $120…

 

 

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