wet cape

Submitted by Joe Titan on 01/14/2003. ( )

A friend of mine tanned a cape for me in his auto tanner. The cape was frozen but was extremely wet when thawed out. The cape was given to me frozen so I did not know how wet it was. It appears that the deer might have been dragged through a creek or another water source. He is concerned that the extra wet cape might not have taken the tanning chemicals very well. When he first got the cape and thawed it out he salted it heavily and he said that the salt absorbed so much water that it went into a mushy state quickly. He resalted let it set until he started the rest of the process. I am worried about slippage. He says that so far it has not slipped but he hasn't tugged on the hair very hard either. He is shaving it down now and then he will tumble it. Will the tumble remove enough moisture that I shouldn't have to worry and will the moisture impede the penetration of the tanning chemicals? Thank

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Did it go through the tanner or not?

This response submitted by John C on 01/14/2003. ( )

Someone either you or your friend dont understand tanning in the tanner.

The cape has to be soft to accept the chemicals.

When putting a cape into the Auto-yanner it will set the hair, I have tanned many stinking rooten hides and they made good mounts. The tanner will pull the green out of spoiled hides.

One its ran in the tanner, its removed, drained and shaved, then returned to the tanner for 30-60 minutes more. Removed drained and piled, at this point you can mount or freeze.

Hides should never be balled up in plastic bags or allowed to thaw in plastic.

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This response submitted by Frank E. Kotula on 01/15/2003. ( basswtrout@aol.com )

All he did was take it from the auto tanner and put it right in a bag and gave it to you. There was no need to salt this cape down at all. If it's tanned it's tanned. All you needed to do was thaw it wash the cape and let drain for 30 min and tumble in a dryer set on cool with a half a dozen or so towels in it to help soak up the moisture.

As for all that salt on it wash it off real good and rinse well and drain. Now here a test, cut a small piece off the back of the hide, freeze the rest by laying it flat in the freezer and just when it's close to freezing fold it up not roll. Take the small piece and let it dry out, during the drying process pull on the hide you should see the fibers or the skin stretch out and become a bit softer as it dries and your stretching the skin. If the skins dries to almost dark brown and has no stretch and breaks it was never tanned.
I'm sure maybe Bruce might have another method, but this is a safe and easy way.

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