I used Lutan F and followed the directions. I tanned a coyote, deer, and coon with it. I oiled them until they took no more oil. The tip of the deer and raccoon tails broke off (they were brittle) and the deer hide tears easily like it was deteriorating. I pickled all the skins separately for 3 days. Does anyone know why the tails came out so brittle? and the drre skin is so weak? It is impossible to sew the deer hide as when I pull the stitch tight the thread rips thru the skin. Any response appreciated.
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Sounds to me like you might have pickled wrong. Got one word for you. KROWTANN!
I bought a wolf a few years back at the World Show that did that, it was fine for about 4 weeks, when I went to mount it it fell apart.
If the deer hide has been very wet to long
this can happen.If thats it dry it out on
the seam your sewing and it should help.
In my case I was told it was acid rot. So like John said it was not neutralized well.
HAve seen this happen more than once. Neutralize your skins after pickling with 1 ounce baking soda to 1 gal water for 20 minutes. Wipe a dry spot on the skin side and press ph paper on the skin to check ph of skin. should be atleast up to 4.5-5.0. Also after tanning is complete, I rinse my skins in cool tap water to remove some salt content, then let dry 30% and then apply oil.