Do you have to shave your hide after your pickle before you use a brush on tan . and how thin should it be I'm not that good with my flesher ? and how do you know if you shaved it enough ? thank you .
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After the skin is firm, thoroughly pickled and pumped with fluids - usually after 3 days if it was relaxed beforehand - I like to shave it. I remove it from the pickle, drain it for 30 minutes and then begin my shaving.
I like to shave it until I see a slight color change. Usually you will begin to see a light bluish color - stop shaving and move on to the next area. If you cut deep enough to see a yellowish layer you have definitely shaved too much - thats the area that holds the hair roots. More than likely this area will slip.
After I'm finished shaving - I always return the skin to the pickle - at least overnight or longer. Then when I'm ready to neutralize and tan it - its ready to go.
I paid a good chemmist good money to check Aluminum Sulphate and
ammoniium Alum. He proved the Aluminum Sulphate did make an Acid
that could raise hell with the hide,but the Ammonium Alum had
nothing that could damange the hide,he said the hide should keep
a long long time, he meant manny years. I have big game heads that
Ive done 25 years ago and they are as good as the day I did them!
I wouldn`t use nothing but the Ammonium Alum, but I do believe most
people dont use enought Alum try 5lbs of Alum for each gallon of
water or you can even use more!