i have this coon skin all skinned out, fleshed, and i salted it so i can preserve it until i want to tan it....my question is...i don't know the certain type of acid that is to be put in the salt and water solution to be able to pickle it. i have read on several home tanning pages that you have to add salt, water, and an acid they call 'alum'... may i ask what that is? and where can i find it? at any hardware store? thanks!
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So they dont explain what type of ACID, eh?
Gonna scold you a bit, Who's books do you have? Where did you get them?
Now if you are not going to support the suppliers, why come on this site and ask for help?
You can use house hold vineger %5 maybe higher can be found.
Oxalic acid, WASCOS is just fine and works very well. Its a bit safer and not as harsh.
Formic Acid its very good, it has a vinegar smell in most cases (i.e. Acetic Acid)
For short term one time use pickle Citric Acid, but remember its edible.
Rittels has several good tanning books.