I'm trying to make chicken feet jewlery. How do you dry them out? I read somewhere about salt curing. Is that just burying them in salt?
How do you do this and ruffley how long does it take to fully dry?
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You would be far better off injecting them with Masters Blend, 2 part epoxy from Research Mannikins. This will lock the oils and grease into the leg.
Good luck. Chicken feet are extremely fatty and anything you use is likely to still leak oils. They use chicken feet in cooking, you know? If you want a chicken foot, best bet is to cast one. Game chickens, pheasants, bantams, etc. are one thing, but a broiler sized chicken is just plain bad news.
I was gonna say to just mold and cast them - if you are doing this as a craft item for sale - just the savings in time alone will greatly offset the cost of making the molds - plus you have a never ending, reliable supply of feet.
We have a gift shop of unusual items along with our taxidermy shop. Can you e-mail me with info on your jewelry? I am VERY interested.
Well, once I can figure out the chicken foot thing ;) I'll be more than happy to send you a list.
I should have an array of necklaces, chopsticks(hair), back scratchers and some other items.