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Tanning a hide- 10 easy steps to a well cured pelt or hide.
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dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 05 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

wikipedia , parchment and the links seem useful . for my own reasons i liked the squirrel mention .

Nanny



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 05 4:00 pm    Post subject: tanning a hide Reply with quote
    

i assumed that it was because i had stretched it too much and the thinest of the skin has therefore become translucent

never thought of the drawing on it side of things

will do some research myself...............

Lloyd



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 05 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

What did you find out?

Nanny



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 05 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

that it is a lot more dificult that i first thought and that i think i had better stick to trying to just an the hides for the time being

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Actually it has to do with a dirty and rather lugubrious process. The parchmentmaker stands in a shambles. He works in the middle of fat and decay, maggots and excrement. It is about dead and killed animals, bled or not, about cadavers, intestines and abortions. In short, all about the activities of an animal breaking-up yard.


perhaps not......................

anybody else having a go?

Bermite



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 05 8:04 pm    Post subject: Mouse pelt finished Reply with quote
    

Hello again. The mouse pelt turned out nicely. Amazing how soft it's fur actually is. It's about 5 centimetres square without the head. The extreme sides are white while the majority of it is gray. The alum / salt combo worked well although the leather is very dry. I tried to apply some essential oil as the instructions said but found that the oil matted the fur so I had to wash it out again. It's been a big hit at work. I'll take a photo to attach one of these days...

Thanks for the dialogue!

Nanny



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 05 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

bermite

have you found that the salt in the pelt attracts humidity and you end up with a damp mouse?


must be down to the amount of rinsing out i don't do......

mind you at 5 cm square you might not notice.............

Bugs



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 05 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Hi Bermite

we'd love to see pics - have you reached any decisions on what to use them for?

I'm not being silly but I wonder if you could make cat toys with them? (Encouraging mousing rather than slow-worming, robining and frogging )

Lloyd



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 05 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Clearly, it should be dried with a mouse-mat!

Greywolf



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 05 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Aha! this is where the 10 steps is

I've been given a bag of rabbit skins by my local butcher, didnt ask how many, found out today it is 28 of the little critters so Im going to try this out

Thanks for the hints and tips

Greywolf

Nanny



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 05 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

now have another 3 deerskins awaiting the treatment in my freezer along with an overly salted one upstairs that will need to be re-rinsed and stretched

can't really do it this time of the year as it will be too damp to dry it outside and i can't get the frame through the back door let alone have anywhere to stand it in the house

clearly a summer type job

but the good news is that i have managed to source soe wood chips that i can use for smoking hides (if i ever get that far!) and also for the smoker that our mate wants to use for hams etc

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 06 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

salts can attract water so a thourough wash and ..... wasp galls from oak . quite a strong brew .a three day tanning . then dry . and waterproof .

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 06 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I now have four rabbit skins, I'm soaking them in salt water while I get ready to try tanning them - I hope that's ok.

Bugs, do we have any alum?

For the stretching it has occurred to me I could easily rig something up with a workmate type workbench that will help stretch the skins.

Bugs



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 06 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Treacodactyl wrote:
Bugs, do we have any alum?


No! Where might it be got?

Edit...read the thread, Bugs:

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most chemists either stock this or will order it- they sell it to treat bedsores


I'll put on my best old and warty look and go the chemist that doesn't give me funny looks any more.

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 06 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Bugs wrote:
I'll put on my best old and warty look and go the chemist that doesn't give me funny looks any more.


Any luck? I got stuck in a Harveys Pub for lunch...

Bugs



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 06 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Treacodactyl wrote:
Any luck? I got stuck in a Harveys Pub for lunch...


I haven't been out

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