Which Alum ?

Submitted by Mel on 4/29/02. ( MelanieWilson@bigfoot.com ) 213.78.118.65

Please can anyone email me as to which Alum (chemically) I need for tanning ?

Thanks

Mel

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Aluminum Sulphate

This response submitted by John C on 4/29/02. ( ) 64.216.172.64

Its the old stand by.


You can use them all!

This response submitted by Bruce Rittel on 5/1/02. ( rittel@mindspring.com ) 165.247.5.126

All 3 Alums tan! You can use the most commonly used one - Aluminum Sulphate, or Potassium Aluminum Sulphate, or Ammonium Aluminum Sulphate! All 3 are used. Fur Dressers prefer the Ammonium Aluminum Sulphate, and typically a lot of Taxidermists use the Aluminum Sulphate.

As far as shrinkage goes on the finished skin - the Aluminum Sulphate shrinks the least, the Ammonium Aluminum Sulphate shrinks the most, and the Potassium Aluminum Sulphate falls inbetween the 2.

All 3 can be used following the same formula. All 3 produce a white leathered skin.


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