I have been using the original crystals that came with my auto tanner and was wandering if there is something better to use. I got satisfactory results with it but have heard some say that the Arrow head crystals are even better. I use it mostly for large fullbody mounts such as bear and some african game. I also do a little rug work. If one tan seems to work better in the auto tanner I would like to try it. Keep in mind though, that if several of you experts, who's opinions I tend to respect, give me all differnt answers again I am going to scream.
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The tan is more for preservation sake, than for a Taxidermists specific needs. Stretch, being the most important, is mostly obtained by a good shave job, and a quality oil. The tan, itself, in my opinion, is only about 30% of what makes a good mounting skin.
We have tried both and we get a better stretch with the arrowhead. I would like to know if anyone has the formula to make the tanning crystals. If so, please post them on here or email me.
5lb sodium carbonate