Epidermis and hair coming loose after re-hydration

Submitted by Salzip on 01/20/2003. ( Salzip@aol.com )

I recently started using a liquid tanning method. (From dry preservative) I try to follow the directions on the bottle as close as possible with the equipment I have. Basically, the skin is Fleshed entirely, salted and allowed to dry, re-hydrated using 4 gals of water, dish soap, and about a half cup of "Preserve-it." The hide is rinsed, wrapped in towels (Skin side out) and refrigerated for 24 hours. I then apply the liquid tanning agent and turn the skin so the hair is out. I wrap this in towels and set for at least 24 hours. I have found that the hair and especially the lip skin will begin to separate after about 48 hours. The problem seems to be worse with bear skins. Am I doing something wrong here or do the tanned hides need to be frozen (not refrigerated) shortly after the tanning agent has had a chance to work if the hide will not be mounted right away? Can anyone offer any suggestions? Thanks.

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Yea, all that trouble why not tan it?

This response submitted by John C on 01/20/2003. ( )

Soounds like more work than tanning, why not tan it and skip the crappy method of tryomg to preserve it.


This response submitted by enough bullet 4 on 01/21/2003. ( )

sounds like tou did everything but you didn't mention pickling the hide.

Follow Liquid Tanning method.

This response submitted by Paul on 01/21/2003. ( Paulstax2000@yahoo.com )

Salt. dry, rehydrate in with salt or ultra soft, pickle, shave, wash or degreaser, back in pickle, neutralize, tan, let tan penetrate for 6 hours or overnight, mount or freeze. Done, no towel wraps or preserving steps. Keep it simple, less problems will develope...Paul

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