breaking a hide

Submitted by chuck on 1/7/00. ( )

Can someone explain to me what breaking a hide is. I don't have a tumbler so I would have to do it by hand. Can I rehydrate the hide and then apply liqua soft and break the hide to get a soft plyable hide that will lay flat?
Thank you for your help.

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The Native American squaws used to do it with their...

This response submitted by Craig Rusin on 1/7/00. ( )

Well we won't get into that. Breaking a hide is done after the oiling process and the hide is about 80-85% dry. The hide is worked over a blunt instrument until it is soft(skin side). This is somtimes called staking a hide. An orbital sander will sometimes assist in thinning down the thick spots. To get a soft hide you need good tanning oil and a lot of elbow grease.

Liqua Soft

This response submitted by Mark on 1/9/00. ( )

If your hide is already dry you can lightly dampen the hide with a spray bottle, let sit then warm up the Liqua Soft and work it in.
Once the hide is about 75 to 80% dry then work it. Mark

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