To much Salt in Rehydrating solution

Submitted by mike on 1/14/05 at 6:17 PM. ( ) 66.231.125.22

What would happpen if I put 2lbs of salt per 5 gal of water,when they ask to use 1lb?

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Add another 5 gallons of water

This response submitted by George on 1/14/05 at 6:36 PM. ( georoof@aol.com ) 152.163.100.74

Supersaturated solutions (thats when the liquid is holding more of the solid that it can dissolve when cold) tend to leave salt residue on the skin and hair that will take extra rinsing to eliminate. I'm ASSUMING here, that you're talking about rehydrating a skin.


I use even more Salt!

This response submitted by Bruce Rittel on 1/14/05 at 7:17 PM. ( rittel@mindspring.com ) 207.69.137.136

For a Salt Brine I always use 2 Lbs. of Salt to each 1 Gallon of Water. Other Tanners use 4 Lbs. of Salt per 1 Gallon of Water. Its super saturated - but works for rehydrating raw skins or capes before pickling!


Rehydrating tanned cape

This response submitted by mike on 1/14/05 at 7:30 PM. ( ) 66.231.124.129

Guys Im rehydrating a cape that is tanned and in dry state,from wildlife gallerys Michigan.Will there be problems.I just noticed my mistake after already soaking up 2 capes,which are sweating now.


Easy way to dissolve salt,,,

This response submitted by Ron Z on 1/14/05 at 8:32 PM. ( stenick@wwt.net ) 64.33.138.84

I use the 2lbs. to the gallon, but getting it to dissolve can be intresting. Lots of stirring. Any hints on how to get to go faster?
Ron Z


Not quite super-saturated...

This response submitted by cyclone on 1/14/05 at 8:44 PM. ( ) 67.208.122.32

Can't super-saturate it unless you heat it to boiling..add the salt..and then let it cool down. The salt will precipitate as crystals...nice big ones all over the hair.

Ron you could warm your solution slightly to get it to dissolve faster.

You'll be ok mike...


I thought you had a dried raw skin!

This response submitted by Bruce Rittel on 1/14/05 at 10:53 PM. ( rittel@mindspring.com ) 207.69.136.203

I guess I guessed it wrong! You dont relax a tanned cape or skin in a Salt Brine like I mentioned - that's for untanned raw dried skins! For tanned skins the safest soak is 4 Ozs. of salt/1 Gallon of water. Soak for 30 minutes - remove and place it in a plastic bag. Tie it off and refrigerate (not freeze) it overnight. The next morning it should be nice and relaxed.


Slow Down!

This response submitted by Jeff F. on 1/15/05 at 12:37 AM. ( NaturesTrophies@aol ) 205.188.116.130

It should be fine. Brian runs a very good tannery at The Wildlife Gallery. After sweating, I think you'll see what I'm referring to. They've made me a believer. Enjoy! And BTW, they're always happy to answer questions like these if you call them. Jeff F.


Why not

This response submitted by Mark on 1/15/05 at 3:30 PM. ( ) 152.163.100.74

use a tannery that you don't have to use salt in the rehydration process?

Sounds like a lot of extra work.

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