I am tanning a baby racoon skin, since it is going to be made life size is there a reason to oil it when im done tanning?
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All tanned skins should be oiled.
yes, you need to use oil to make the leather. use a high quality oil like Rittels supersoft $. for once john is right! John Smatter, he has a mouth for every matter!
ever figure out how to cool the Gulf of Mexico EJ. I figured you were hard at work getting it figured out and implementing the plan before Rita hit. Jeff, it is not the oil that makes leather, it is the oil that keeps the skin pliable once it is mounted. If you don't oil the skin it will eventually split or crack.
Obviously oiling traps water (moisture) and lends softness and flexibility to the finished piece. But - it also acts like sizing. Without it when the skin or cape dries - it will tend to shrink. A tanned skin must be oiled.