Millions of small white skin particles after pickle?

Submitted by Ivan on 10/18/05 at 12:32 PM. ( ) 129.123.95.7

I pickled an elk cape (Safetee acid+ 1 lb salt/gallon) for 48 hrs, removed and shaved, and placed back in pickle for 24 hrs. While nuetralizing, I noticed copious amounts of small white pieces of skin (mostly noticable on the hair). Is this normal?

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me to

This response submitted by fieldmasters on 10/18/05 at 1:09 PM. ( ) 24.29.221.188

happens to me also. I dont know if it is fat that is released when you shave or small peaces of hide. It happens with all the tanns i use. It has never caused me a problem and will just brush out when you brush the mount.


It's fat and lanolin

This response submitted by George on 10/18/05 at 1:30 PM. ( georoof@aol.com ) 64.12.116.130

And it is normal.


Thanks

This response submitted by Ivan on 10/18/05 at 2:50 PM. ( ) 129.123.95.7

for your responses!


So Is There

This response submitted by Trapper on 10/18/05 at 10:10 PM. ( ) 69.14.195.217

any way to avoid this? Anyone?


No harm no foul

This response submitted by George on 10/19/05 at 8:23 AM. ( georoof@aol.com ) 64.12.116.130

That fat leeches from within the skin as much as it does from the outside and the lanolin is naturally occurring in the hair. Washing before tanning sets up problems with pH so you might be wise not to fool with Mother Nature.


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