Has anyone tanned a life size bear at home?

Submitted by Tim on 5/23/99. ( Theresa@person.net )

I have a 4 1/2 ft. bear here in the shop I have been planning on sending out to be tanned but since it is so small a bear I was thinking of doing it myself. I tanned my own deer capes but I realize the process is different for a bear. If anyone can help me with this I'd appreciate it. Thanks, Tim

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Bear Tanning

This response submitted by Mark on 5/24/99. ( knoblochs@worldnet.att.net )

You will need to add a few steps that won't have with a deer.
Go ahead and rehydrate the bear and go to the pickle with a Ph of
1.5 to 2.0. At this time you will need to decide if you want to
degrease in the pickle or in a separate bath. I put some of our
Super-solv degreaser in the pickle and works great, plus it helps
for shaving.You will need to degrease. After the bear has been in
the pickle for 48 hours then shave and place back into the pickle
for another 12 hours atleast. Then pull the skin out of the pickle
if you did'nt degrease in the pickle then do it after the pickle,
after you pull it out of the solution you will need to rinse well
and neutralize then tan if your using Liqua Tan or if your using
Lutan or Para-tan adjust Ph a little then tan. At the end of
your tanning bath then neutralize. If the bear smells you can use
some Deodorizer Wash to remove the bad odor, it can be added to the
pickle or the degreasing bath. You can also use it in a bath prior
to mounting. Good luck If any questions let me know.

I do it a little different

This response submitted by John C on 5/24/99. ( )

I flesh out i.e. shave the hide before I salt it. Then I wash I wash in a good degreaser, tumbleit dry very dry salt twice pickle, nuetral ize and tan as normal.
John C

Thanks for the info . I have a few more questions

This response submitted by Tim on 5/24/99. ( Theresa@person.net )

Thank you for your advice Mark and John. I have some questions for you,Mark and John.
The method I use for deer is #110 pretan. Is this the pickle you are refering to?
When tanning a deer,after the 110 I use the washing oil rinse in cold water, tumble dry then use the liquatan. Is this method ok for a bear? If so, what should I use to degrease? This bear is frozen and I haven't done anything to it. I've been told you could use gasoline as a degreaser. I have used it for racoon's but it concerns me to use it on a bear. Thanks again.


This response submitted by Mark on 5/24/99. ( knoblochs@worldnet.att.net )

Tim I would suggest an acid pickle to help you break it down
a little better. You can put some PRE-TAN #110 in with the
pickle to get a better piece of leather. By using an acid
pickle it will also make the shaving easier on something
like this.The degreaser that I would recommend is
SUPER SOLV OR KEMSOL DEGREASER. The gas may leave a bad
smell to it.After the pickle you may rinse and use washing
oil then tumble and use LIQUA TAN like you would on anything
else. Since the bear is still froze I would thaw it out
and dry salt it twice and let it dry pretty good, then
start process.

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