how does DP work...

Submitted by Griz on 03/07/2004 at 13:17. ( )

scientifically speaking. Here is a good one for you pros. I have a basic understanding of tans but how does dp do it?

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2 dry up the hide and...

This response submitted by George G on 03/07/2004 at 13:26. ( . )

somewhat bugproof it.

it just dehydrates it and nothing else?

This response submitted by Griz on 03/07/2004 at 21:49. ( )

i knew that was the basic idea but i thought it would do more than that. If all it does is dry out the hide can't you just use salt and a fan? Aren't there bad proteins that need to be broken down? And replaced?

Yeah, so forget about it and tan!

This response submitted by Hogger on 03/08/2004 at 01:52. ( )

AND... ignore the attacks that will follow this post from the dinosuar taxidermists!

Scientifically speaking?

This response submitted by Glen Conley on 03/08/2004 at 02:11. ( )

First off salt is hygroscopic.

Go to and scroll down to Understanding The Lack Of Stretch In A Tanned Hide, click on.

I have provided a couple of links to the Protein Data Bank on that page, along with a few microphotographs, and explanantions. All the information on that page is going to revolve around collagen, the supporting structure of skin, and doesn't even start to cover epidermis/epitheal/hypodermis layers. Those articles will just START to give you a better foundation from which to build from if you are truly serious in the questions you ask. If I remember right, linking, in terms of stabilization, is covered somewhat on the PDB data base. That would be ONE of the principles involved in the effectiveness of a DP, with DP being an awfully wide brush with which to paint. Which compound or compounds would you be calling DP? Are you looking at it from the stand point of a dessicant, or a link, or both? Or are you looking for, or at anti-oxidants?

See where I'm coming from? If you're looking for simple one or two sentence answers, they aren't there.

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