Ears falling apart

Submitted by Jim on 4/15/05 at 6:09 PM. ( showcasetaxiderm@aol.com )

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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What ever it is-

This response submitted by oldshaver on 4/15/05 at 9:08 PM. ( )

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.

Uh oh

This response submitted by George on 4/15/05 at 10:06 PM. ( georoof@aol.com )

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.

acid rot

This response submitted by glen on 4/16/05 at 9:16 AM. ( )

Sounds like acid rot to me ,

Glens answer is what I would go with

This response submitted by oldshaver on 4/16/05 at 10:18 AM. ( )

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.

acid rot, i agree

This response submitted by paul on 4/16/05 at 4:13 PM. ( )

are you spraying plain water? probably need a handfull of salt per gallon of water to prevent acid swelling

one more thing

This response submitted by paul on 4/16/05 at 4:15 PM. ( )

if you cant get those dry tanned capes mounted within a yr, you best get them rehydrated and then freeze

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