air dried skins

Submitted by Bob on 2/28/05 at 8:12 AM. ( ) 64.12.116.203

Having a hard time gettting a even tan on my cototes. Using lutan-f My pickle is saftee-acid at 1.5-2.00 Don't seem to have this problem when tanning fresh skined hides and using the salt cure for 72 hours.

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bob

This response submitted by Steve D on 2/28/05 at 8:53 AM. ( aaa_taxidermy@yahoo.com ) 70.105.231.170

Sounds like your not rehydrating long enough after salting or freezing or what ever you do before pickeling, Try rehydrating longer see if that doesnt take care of it.


Steve

This response submitted by Bob on 2/28/05 at 9:22 AM. ( Bob 39 Trapper@ aol.com ) 205.188.116.137

Would you use a salt brine,and about how long would you rehydrate.


Steve

This response submitted by Bob on 2/28/05 at 9:25 AM. ( Bob 39 Trapper@ aol.com ) 205.188.116.137

Would you use a salt brine,and about how long would you rehydrate.


I know salting begins the breakdown of ...

This response submitted by Craig on 2/28/05 at 10:01 AM. ( ctracker@rochester.rr.com ) 66.66.226.122

soluable protiens and fats in the skin and removes moisture but I've always wondered about air drying skins. I'm assuming you are referring to trapper prep with stretchers for the fur market. Most of these skins are used for garment tanned articles and I bet the tanneries use some sort of relaxer/degreaser in the rehydration bath to open the fibers in the skin back up. I used to trap and I bet the reason you are not getting good tan on these skins is because of the grease that gets locked in the skin fibers of these air dried skins.


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