Old Rattlesnake Skin?

Submitted by Jeff S. on 03/25/2004 at 23:14. ( )

Had a college classmate come up to me and ask if there was anyway to restore a old woodstove driedout rattlesnake skin,she said it is about 8 ft long and cracked apart the whole length,she said it is very sentimental to her mother because it was her brothers and he was killed at a young age ,anyway, antlered animals is my specialty and this is a little out of my league but would like to try and fix it for her,any suggestions would be appreciated.Thanks Jeff S.

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This response submitted by wetnwild on 03/26/2004 at 05:47. ( voyer1@aol.com )

Backing it with chesse cloth and carefuly gluing it down so all the rips and tears all match up, if she does not want a border, or if she does, use felt and simply glue it into the felt and trim with plinking shears. Even though it is old, a nice coat of WD-40 from an auto store, or simply a nice coat of snake skin oil, will bring back some of the justre if you do not want to repaint it. Otherwise back it with the cheese cloth to hold the repairs together, repaint it by hand, and then border it in felt.

Would you use?

This response submitted by Jeff S. on 03/26/2004 at 23:11. ( )

50/50 elmers glue,water for your glue so it dries clear,Thanks alot for your time wetnwild

contact cement

This response submitted by wetnwild on 03/27/2004 at 17:50. ( )

Use contact cement for the repairing, and to apply to felt if you are going to border it, it is best to be sewn, or use hot glue

Thank you

This response submitted by Jeff S on 03/28/2004 at 20:22. ( )

Thanks,I appreciate the info.

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