I guess no one cares to answer the "dye" question!

Submitted by Trevor on 11/3/99. ( )

Any knowledge appreciated.

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maybe noone knows?

This response submitted by John C on 11/3/99. ( )

It maybe one of those questions noone knows about. Don't down people because noone answered. jc

To dye for

This response submitted by Leanna on 11/4/99. ( scardeer@cornernet.com )

Trevor, I went back and read your original question. E-mail Bruce Rittel, he may be able to help you out.


We Don't Dye

This response submitted by Keith Daniels on 11/6/99. ( arlcape@bright.net )

Trevor, that's because we, as taxidermy tanners, have no use for dye, so don't use it or have any reason to know how to use it. Try going to the leather.net and see if someone there can help you out.

Little call for Dyeing in Taxidermy!

This response submitted by Bruce Rittel on 11/6/99. ( rittel@ici.net )

Since we go for the "natural" look in Taxidermy - it's true, most will never become involved in it. However, to answer your questions - the hide is dyed AFTER its been tanned. Since the dye goes on usually at a hot temperature, that means most skins to be dyed must also be retanned to raise their shrinkage temperature - otherwise they will fall apart during the process. The dye is then "fixed" usually by dropping the ph using Formic Acid. As to vegetable "extracts" (also tanning agents) acting as a dye, it is sometimes used, but usually the extracts are used to make the leather stronger, so it can withstand strain better, like as a wallet or belt. A common tannage is to first vegetable extract tan leather, then retan it using a Phenolic syntan like EZ-100 to level the color and produce a strong piece of accessory leather.

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