I had a couple of hides done at a tanners. They were mine and now that I have time to do them, when I soak them up the ears are falling apart. Not soaking them just using a spary bottle. I'm missing something. The hides are now 2 seasons old Thanks Jim
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I dont think its the tan. I think it has something to do with the original salting of the hide, or pickeling at too low of a ph. This is the first time I have heard of this.
Sure sounds like alum tan to me. Were they tanned two years ago and left out at room temperature? If you didn't freeze them and they're tanned with alum, I've seen it happen too many times to be accident.
Sounds like acid rot to me ,
Why I mentioned origional salting earlier really makes no sense. The ears would have slipped, and the capes would have been rejected by the tanner. Improper neutralization sounds like the most sensible answer- who knows. I still dont think the problem lies with the tan. The tan seems to be the catch-all for most skin problems on here, when it is probablly the least of your worries.
are you spraying plain water? probably need a handfull of salt per gallon of water to prevent acid swelling
if you cant get those dry tanned capes mounted within a yr, you best get them rehydrated and then freeze