Submitted by Tony on 1/2/00. ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) 184.108.40.206
I have tanned four different deer capes and have had this same problem with all of them.
My capes shrink to the point where they will not fit the manikin I ordered. They would fit
before the tanning process because I test-fitted the capes to the manikin before salting and
pickling. I thought I might not be shaving them thin enough, so I took special care on the last
one I did and made sure I shaved it until I could see the bluish tint that everyone refers to
when shaving a cape. My neck measurement was 21.5 inches and I ordered a 21 inch form. Before
salting and tanning it fit fine. After pickling, shaving and tanning, not even close! I cannot
even get the cape over the head of the form, much less get the seam pulled together. I ordered
a new form that is smaller so hopefully it will fit. I am open for
suggestions, but I can tell you that the cape cannot be shaved any thinner without cutting the hair
folicles. I read on here where people talk about how much better it is to tan a cape, but if this
is what I have to look forward to, I am going to stick with other methods.
BTW, I have used EZ-100 and the cape I am about to mount now was tanned with liqua-tan.
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This response submitted by John C on 1/2/00. ( ) 220.127.116.11
Either take some baking soda water to the inside of the cape see if that helps?
Or you have over tanned it. I will bet its to acid. John C
This response submitted by tanman on 1/2/00. ( ) 18.104.22.168
SOUNDS LIKE YOU NEED TO INVEST IN A HIDE STRETCHER.OR MAKE ONE. Also,how are you tanning,is it a quick tan,as in overnight or doyou let the hide hang[[here is where the hanger comes in]]after tanning?
This response submitted by Bob B on 1/2/00. ( foxranch@hotmail ) 22.214.171.124
No one has said it, but I never order forms, based only on raw cape (or hide)
measurements. I measure everything raw (basically to give me a target point
for stretching), then again after tanning. Then freeze the cape (hide) and order
Hope this helps
This response submitted by Brent Gorman - Dirty Creek Taxidermy & Tannery on 1/2/00. ( email@example.com ) 126.96.36.199
Tony, we own our tannery and my suggestions are as follows:
use Relax-R, soak 30 - 45 mins if this does not help soak overnight. Also you can use downy clothes softner any problems E-mail we will be glad to help you.
Hope this helps.
This response submitted by Kenneth on 1/3/00. ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) 188.8.131.52
A caped will not regain its original stretch if it is not neutralized properly. Check your instructions for the neutralization step. Good Luck.
This response submitted by Bruce Rittel on 1/4/00. ( email@example.com ) 184.108.40.206
As I read your question - you never mentioned Oiling the capes. I'm assuming you do - but its absolutely necessary to oil in order to maintain the sizing or diamensions of the cape. If you dont it - shrinks. The only reason I question the oiling is because with the paint-ons its included - but when you use EZ-100 or Lutan F - its a seperate step.
This response submitted by MARK on 1/4/00. ( Knoblochs@worldnet.att.net ) 220.127.116.11
If you have neutralized it correctly did you try to spin the water out of the cape so that it is still damp and let it hang for a while ?
Sometimes too much moisture can cause this with Liqua Tan, then
Lightly re-oil the skin. Mark
This response submitted by Steve A. on 1/11/00. ( ) 18.104.22.168
I usually get kneck measurements after a deer is skinned. When they have
their late Fall hair it can make measurements bigger than they should be.
I get little shrinkage with Lutan-F, and I know that Easy-100 is good
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