forgot to use borax

Submitted by john on 03/02/2004 at 19:08. ( )

stupid me forgot to put borax on my deer. I didnt even think about it til
the next day. Is it going to hurt me or what will happen? Thanks

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It's shouldn't

This response submitted by Vic on 03/02/2004 at 19:31. ( )

if the cape was tanned. What are you using the borax for?

it was not tanned

This response submitted by john on 03/02/2004 at 19:55. ( )

i didnt tan it

well hope for the best

This response submitted by David on 03/02/2004 at 20:41. ( )

It needs some type of preservative to keep it in good shape without tanning or DP the hair will fal out and it will be rendered worthless... And im shure u dont wasn that.. only advice i can give ya is keep it a a cool temp round 60-65 degrees F if it is kept to wrm there wil be more of a chance of the hair slipping and falling out. Next Time on deer forge thr DP and get em tanned. Even with DP the deer years down the line will continue shinking and not look veey good. Deers hides are to thin to us DP on In my opinion.

Weeeeeellllllll, not really, David

This response submitted by George on 03/02/2004 at 21:09. ( )

Ever see a road killed cat a year later? When the meat's been squished away and the hide dries, the hair stays. Don Stevens is doing a test that's been ongoing for a few years now. He has three deer mounts in his studio. One tanned, one dp'ed and one raw. All three look just as they did when they were mounted SO FAR. Though I'd never recommend such a treatment (or lack thereof) I wouldn't go around betting the farm that the hair would fall out. Not just yet, anyway.

how about ..

This response submitted by gill on 03/03/2004 at 00:43. ( )

how about denatured alchohol from a pump bottle all over the outside? maybe worth a try. or open up alittle around the backboard and dump it in. Ive torn a head apart for less. good luck,


This response submitted by Ron on 03/03/2004 at 00:58. ( )

I agree with George, if you can get that sucker dry it will last. I have seen air dried skins last for decades nailed to a barn wall. I would put fans on it and get it in the driest place in your house. I think we try and complicate hides to much. They are amazingly durable if you can remove the moisture. My only worry about your mount would be that bugs may get in it down the road. Of course that can happen even with tanned hides though. Good Luck.

DP it now

This response submitted by Tenbears on 03/03/2004 at 04:15. ( )

Take DP and work it into the hair. Then brush off the excess. and groom. When completely dry. Brush well. Although not the perfect way to go. It will help. and bug proof the hide. Do not try this if the hair is loose though.

Raw Hides

This response submitted by Mike on 03/03/2004 at 13:48. ( )

I've got a well fleshed, salted and dried whole deer hide hung up in my studio that has been there for 15 years and it still looks like the day I dried it out. Keep the bugs away from it and it will last. I'd bet you'll see some cracking around the face though without tanning though. I'd oil the nose and eyes liberally with neatsfoot oil.

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