I've been tanning some flat hides lately using liqua tan and liqua soft. I really like the way that they turn out. The hides seem more like leather after treating them this way. Can I use the same process for capes? Ie. pickle,tan,liqua soft, let dry, tumble then mount them after they are dry without having to rehydrate them?
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I also tried this,using liqua tan and liqua soft and let dry, but found that the cape was much harder to work with being dry, so I soaked it in 4 galons of water and 1lb salt for 30 mins then drained the cape and put in a trash bag in bottom of fridge for 12hrs and then mounted, the cape was much more pliable and easier to work with.
That's not a recommended method. You will find that the face would be a bit harder to work with along with other problems. It's best to rehydrate and go from there.
I normally pickle, tan and then let the hide sit out overnight then mount the next day. That method works pretty good, so I'll just stick with it.