Washing cape

Submitted by Clint on 12/20/00. ( AGC@MIDRIVERS.COM )

In the video I learned how to mount deer it said to wash the cape
before pickiling so you would not contaminate the pickle.In here I
have been reading to pickle for three days then wash if it needs it.
Was my earlyer info bad? I have tanned about 20 capes and never
had a problem until yesterday Ilost a cape and it,s tearing me up
trying to figure out whut went wrong.

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This response submitted by Dave at VanDyke's Taxidermy Supply Co. on 12/21/00. ( dave.belanger@cabelas.com )

Hello Clint,

Your going to find that the more you do taxidermy, the more you'll see it happen.
To pin point the problem you experienced would be nearly impossible, as It could have already beenthere before you recieved the hide.The skin could have been left on the carcas too long under unfavorable conditions or sat in your customer's fridge to long, and so on and so an.
It coulb be that your ph in the pickling solution was unstable.
I've eveen knowen of taxidermist totaly forgetting to add the salt to the pickle.
Personally, The only time I will wash my hides before I pickle is if there is just too much blood.I want to rinse this off. But I'll always salt my hides down for a few days, before I do this. Otherwise I'll wait until after I neutrilize to do my washing.

Mr. Ben Mears gave me a good tip one day. He says that on the hides that needs washing before the pickling or what ever method you're using,to wash them in real cold water and sodium sulfate. Sodium Sulfate has excelent cleaning propeerties, and is also used as a booster and extender forsoaps and detergents.I've tried it with excelent results.It wont play around with the ph.
Do you add a bactericide to you bath solutions?
This will help prevent bacteria from setting in during the bath.

By not maintaining the proper ph in you tannings (depending on what product you're using) may also cause slippage.Something to think about.
My intentions were not meant to be long winded. I'm just saying that the problem may not have been due to the bath. It could be elsewhere.Something that you may have done wronge or something that had happened before the hide got into your hands.

Every time a customer brings a furred animal to me , if not frozen,The first thing that I do, and I'll be sure to do it in front of the customer, I'll gently tug on the hair in several spots to be sure that the hair is not slipping. If it does, the customer will know that Is nothing that you've done.

I hope that some of this will help you in the future.
If you have anymore questions, feel free to call me at (1-800)843-3320 ext.105 or you can always e-mail me at this address.

Have a good day.......Dave at VanDykes>Product Specialist

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