Im wondering for tanning bears, as long as the PH is kept steady, how many times can I use the pickle on other bears? Also after a bear is pickled and shaved would brushing on liquitan be enough to tan the hide for a rug? And if so, whats a good oil to use after?
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as long as the ph is stable it can be used for a long time, although it will get very dirty and your salt content will get higher every time you add a salted hide. Liqua tan will work fine.
With citric they recomend tossing it after each use. But if the ph is right I don't understand why.
The pickle can be used for longer than you think. Basicly I use mine for about a year. I use Saftee-Acid and that works just great.
Now you do have to check the Ph all the time (I keep mine at 1.5or lower) plus the salinity. Always keep that at 42-44%.
Yes it will get dirty but that's ok.
Now adding hides to a pickle takes out the salt. It doesn't add salt to like it was said above. It would do that if you placed a slated hide that is not rehydrated. Doing that will not plumb a hide properly for shaving and generally speaking will not even rehydrate a hide properly. So never place a hide in a pickle unless you have it totally rehydrated. (you can check the archives for more infor)
Now after it's ben pickle (you should add acid Baye to the pickle for the bear's) for three days take it out and shave it. From there you degrease it, rinse well and place it back in the pickle for another day. Take it out drain and neturlize it drain well.
Now Liqua-tan can be used for the rug but it will need to be oiled well. Knobloch's has an oil called their number 1 oil. Use this twice plus some hide breaking and you'll have a nice soft rug.
I re-hydrate in the pickle, that is why the salt content goes up. I have had good results this way, it just takes a couple days longer.
Yes it may work but it's not recomemed and it never get totally rehydrated. Name one tannery that does this. If it truly worked as well as you say it does we all would do it. Just read the archives about it or jusk ask Bruce Rittel.