Rehydration - The Complete Story?

Submitted by Paul on 12/28/99. ( )

I have scanned through a lot of the messages and have read various recommendations on rehydrating commercially tanned hides. I would like to hear the complete story, as I'm a little confused by some of the messages.
Specifically - How much salt/gallon water? How Long? Drip-dry vs put in bag for immediate sweating overnight? What about re-freezing the hide after sweating for later mounting? Any help would be appreciated!

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This response submitted by Todd B on 12/28/99. ( )

I was told by Bruce Rittel a couple of weeks ago how to do this. First
use a handful of salt per gallon of water. Submerge the capes totally
for a half an hour. Remove the capes and let them drain in a sink.
(do not hang them to drain) Just let them drain for a half an hour.
Put them in a bag and seal the bag with a tie of some type and put
in the refridgerator overnight. Bruce if you read this make sure I
told it correctly. This should work for all tanned hides. And you can
freeze them to mount later.

Todd B

Don't forget..

This response submitted by MQT on 1/6/00. ( mmtax31 )

I am sure this will be considered overkill and maybe even useless by some, but I would add a little bacteriacide to the rehydration bath just as a precaution...bacteria is everywhere!

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