O.k., I have 21 airdried rabbit hides I want to tan and cut up into squares for a handout project at school. I perused the archives and I think I've got all the steps I need to do...does this sound right?
1.Relax in a salt brine (2lbs. salt to 1 gal water)
5.back into pickle
Questions: should I add basacryl to relax bath? Is there an easy way to get these hides soft once I'm done without breaking? Thanks in advance for any help.
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I'll be using pickling crystals and Lutan-F on these hides. Did some searching...would it help and would it be compatible to buy some acid bate to add to the pickle?
Acid bate is compatable and will help. Use a good oil after the tan and pull them by hand as they are drying. Also the use of Atlasol-177 (Van Dykes) in the Lutan bath will fluff the fur like they were tumbled as soon as they dry. Note: Atlasol is NOT compatable with EZ-tan or Basyn-tan in the same bath. Yes, add the basacryl in the rehyd. on all air dried hides.
Thanks for the advice. I will do as you suggest.
soak them in alem and salt until they turn white.
Then stretch and dry them.Then break the fiber.