im going to tan a couple of raccoons that have been just skined, fleshed and stretched to dry. other than soaking them in water till soft and salting, pickleing is there any thing else i should do?
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yes, do not let them dry! it's not nessessary. they tan softer and better going directly into the pickel after skinning. [this is what i do] stir three times a day for first couple days. then once a day for a week, then twice a week for a month ...don't forget to use lots of the enzymes from bruce. you'll tann nice and soft. be carefull not to go to long with the easy 100, then oil with bruces supersoft.
ok, now bruce, will you please release my mother!
these are pelts a man wants to have me tanned that are allready dryed hence the question.and i allready have a good tanning system. i just need to know about rehydrating, i have done a few just soaking in water was just wondering if theres a better way?
you could buy some relaxer or just add a little salt to your water thats what i do .
after its hydrated, just salt then pickle as usual?
Other wise you can soak them in one pound of salt per gallon of water till soft. Usaly about 4-6 hours. On air dried pelts you need to use a bit more salt in the watter or you will have water swell and slippage. I like to use a relaxer that can go right in the pickle. Just a tid bit for ya! Joe
do i take them out of the pickle when soft and salt more directly on the skin like they were fresh or take them out of the salt brine and they are good to go for the rest of the prosess?