Tanning a dry preserved cape

Submitted by Jay on 01/29/2003. ( )

Hi every one. I know I just saw this post somewhere and can't find it. I bought a cape from a taxidermist today and he salts and dry preserves it before turning and fleshing and freeze's it raw. I'm going to flesh, salt, pickle, then tan it. Do I just wash out the salt and dry preserve or can a dry preserved cape be tanned? When should I wash it?

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This response submitted by Frank E. Kotula on 01/29/2003. ( basswtrout@aol.com )

You should rinse the cape three to four times to make sure you get the DP out of the cape. Some Dp has chemicals in it that can cause havic on your pickle. So rinse it well and keep a constant eye on your PH. Don't let it get up any higher than 2.5.

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