hide to small

Submitted by Carl on 2/10/01. ( 2fishes4852@home.com ) 24.4.252.11

I ordered a professonally tanned deer hide from a company in North New Jersey. I spoke to the lady (owner) who does all her own work several times explaining that I had never bought a tanned hide before and that I was depending on her expertise on the correct size to buy. She explained that she needed only the neck size and the particular form that I would be using. I told her I would use the McKenzie 8600 series that measures 7-1/2 x 21 x 23 x 25-1/2. The form actually measured 7-1/2 x 20-3/4. Which is fine. The hide was $195.00 and measured 18" under the ears while dry. I called her to ask if it would fit for sure and she said the hide will stretch 4" after 6 hours of rehydration. Now the trouble starts. I have pulled, tugged and stretched til my back is about to give out and it just doesn't go. It is still 1-1/2 inches short under the ears (or smallest point of the neck) and 7" to 8" short at the neck/back junction. I am disgusted! If I shave, or alter the form, that will be a lot of work with redetailing. Or should I just reorder a form a size or two smaller? THE HIDE: now that is has been rehydrated can it sit at room temperature til the new form arives in maybe 5/6 days or can someone tell me how it should be cared for. That is my main concern. Please help ASAP !

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try

This response submitted by kato on 2/10/01. ( knmiller@pacifier.com ) 198.145.234.67

a little liquid fabric softener spread on the skin side. let it soak in for a few minutes and give er a good tug. amazing the amount of additional stretch you can get. if at this point it is still too small fold it up skin to skin and toss it in the freezer, should be fine to just thaw, rehydrate and mount when the other form arrives. good luck


try

This response submitted by kato on 2/10/01. ( knmiller@pacifier.com ) 198.145.234.67

a little liquid fabric softener spread on the skin side. let it soak in for a few minutes and give er a good tug. amazing the amount of additional stretch you can get. if at this point it is still too small fold it up skin to skin and toss it in the freezer, should be fine to just thaw, rehydrate and mount when the other form arrives. good luck


Baking soda solution

This response submitted by John C on 2/10/01. ( ) 208.44.115.23

It has acid swelling most likly, 2 oz of baking soda (NOT BAKING POWDER) and 8 oz of water sponge on the flesh side and work the skin. John c


hide not too small

This response submitted by Elmer on 2/10/01. ( Topstaxidermy@aol.com ) 152.163.188.197

Carl save yourself some headaches your hide is not too small your form is too BIG. just order yourself a 18 1/2 inch form at the C measurement if you start shaving you still will have problems on dorn the hide however if I had only 1 1/2 inch gap when you start sewing and taxing the hide it will probably go together take a fleshing horn and put in three stitches and work the horn under the hide by the stitches and pull and the same time it will pull together but it will be a dog fight all the way down. Or get the other form. Hope this helps.


Tanned Cape

This response submitted by John Griffith on 2/11/01. ( deerhead2@aol.com ) 152.163.188.3

Hi Carl:
The first thing you must do whenever you are dealing with a tanned cape is to hydrate it in a pale of water for about 2 hours. Then you should take it out and squeeze whateve water you can out of the cape. Then put it in a plastic bag an put it in the Refrigerator overnight to sweat.
John Griffith
This process breaks down the fibers in the skin (cold)so that you can easily stretch it back to its normal size. Your problem is that your in to big of a hurry. There is a process for doing this and if you do as I stated your 18 inch cape should stretch easily to 21 inches.


195$!

This response submitted by Jim P. on 2/12/01. ( scazjp@rohmhaas ) 136.141.2.14

Whew, is that a average price for a hide?


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