I just put 4 deer capes in in a neutralizing bath, noticed alot of hair floating in the neutralizing bath as well as the pickle when I removed them, It seems like there are always a few hairs in them before, All 4 capes was salt dried with no hair slippage, was wondering if this is normal. I am using acid bath crystals for my pickle and the ph was kept below 2.0. Any ideas?
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sounds like one of them is slipping, gently check them out, you should have very, very little hair floating all of the way through from start to finish.
that salt drying stiff as a board does not lock in hair as some believe. Slip can show up front when brought through the door, it can show up during the process and after the tan if kept in a bag in the fridge to long before mounting.
If you aren't noticing any slipping on them then don't worry. Some or even all of the hair you are seeing in the pickle could be from how the cape was cut. If while trimming off the excess hide before pickling you cut the hair, you will have the floaters you're talking about. Check them again for slipage, But ive been salt dring my hides and then storing them in a freezer until I mount them for 20 years now and havent had any problems.
I put the tanning cream on them last night, got up this morning and checked all of them before placing in the freezer, could not locate any place where they were slipping, I didn't pull on them hard, tried that when I first got into taxidermy. I think you are right Steve, it is from where the capes were cut, plus a hole or two (or three) that I cut in them while shaving them. Thanks for the input.
it looks as though you will be ok
but as a rule ive started puttung a second round of stop rot on
after the pickle and before the neutralizing procedure
it seems to be protecting the epidermis of the eye and lips a great deal. i suspect buffering from acid swell you sometimes get because of acid lingering in eyes and such
just my observations though
also ive noticed the shaving is easier a lot easier when using the second application
will not stop bacteria growth. It will help. It will continue to grow until it is put in the pickle.If you neutralized and hair is tight your home free.