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CHEMICALS AND SUBSTANCES

Salt petre – Potassium Nitrate KnO3 (not food grade). Amongst other things salt petre is used for making tinder, match cord, dyeing and incendiary paste. £6.00 for 500g. £12.00 for 1kg.

Salt petre substitute - Use as you would Salt Petre for Salt beef. £8.00 for 500g

Sulphur – Sulphur powder used for making sulphur spunks for tinder boxes and other sundry uses.
£3.00 for 50g.

Linseed oil – A natural oil used for wood enhancement and protection and for waterproofing cloth. Available boiled or raw; boiled dries faster.
£4.00 for 500ml/£8.00 for 1 litre.

Beeswax – The uses for this are endless, binds thread, makes candles, polishes wood, binds bow strings, holds loose lids on pots, waterproofs leather and cloth…..
£7.00 for 250g/£13.00 for 500g.

Beeswax Balsam - £3.00 for 100ml

Tallow – Used for candles, greased bearings, soap and the base for body paints, make-ups and unguents.
£5.00 per 500g.

Pearl glue – A water soluble hide glue used for cabinet making, a binder for leather dye and a host of other uses.
£3.00 per 100g.

Rabbit skin glue – A water soluble hide glue used for cabinet making, a binder for leather dye and a host of other uses.
£3.00 per 100g.

Gum tragacanth – Used as an edge polisher for leather and a binder for natural writing inks. Liquid. £4.00 for 100ml

Brewers pitch – Pour hot into leather vessels to create a waterproof lining. Made to B6920. Use safety equipment and extreme care if using this hot.
£10.00 per 500g.

Borax – Flux for silver soldering and other sundry uses.
£3.00 per 100g

Rosin – A hard pine resin by product for sundry uses.
£3.00 per 100g

Iron sulphate – A salt that when dissolved in water and painted on vegetable tanned leather turns it black. A traditional leather dye and also used for making inks. £3.00 per 100g

Shellac varnish - A natural hard glossy varnish in an alcohol base.
£5.00 per 250ml/£9.00 per 500ml/£16.00 per litre

Shellac varnish – A natural hard glossy varnish as flakes, soluble in meths.
£4.00 per 100g

Verdigris - a copper based salt used for paint pigments and for mixing with fletching glue to protect against mites and rot. £3.00 per 15g

Van dyck crystals - A walnut based, water soluble powder dye for leather and wood. £3.00 for 50g.


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