Hello. I'm making a rope girth belt, similar to some of the other members here. I made it out of 1/4" rope, hot glue and a liner. Finished gluing the belt together and it looks good. My main concern is the coloring, I was going to use a wood stain to get a nice brown color, but when i tested it on a section i cut out, the belt ended up falling apart. I'm guessing the stain did it, and now i'm wondering 1. where did i go wrong with the stain? or 2. what could i use instead of the stain? Any feedback is greatly appreciated!