I am tanning my first animal and it is going to be a racoon for a rug mount, I got most of the steps(any help in the steps would be appreciated too.) and plan on using EZ-100 tanning kit to do the tanning, but i was wondering when should i stretch the hide if this is necassay. Thanks any help will be appriciated.
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If you mean "breaking" the skin - this is done after the skin has been tanned - oiled and almost dried completely! It can also be called softening or staking the skin. It all involves stretching the fibers apart to promote having a soft, limp skin! If you're lucky enough to have a Drum 4X6 or bigger - you can do this in the Drum - otherwise you have to break or work it by hand!