I need to soft the Back Skins?????

Submitted by Nacho Oliveros on 11/9/1998.

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What can I do for soft the skins? I tan the skin and place in a board estrch with nails and let dry then I used a sand paper for soft,I need diferent solution??? any help??? Nacho Oliveros

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...oh keith?

This response submitted by Bill on 11/9/1998.

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...with all of your tanning experience, would you or furdresser like to take this one ? Thanks, guys.

Thanks Bill!

This response submitted by Keith Daniels on 11/9/1998.

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Thanks for using the word experience instead of expert! Nacho, I'll try to help tommorow (sic) if no one else does, but I gotta go run a rototiller before it gets dark. Keith


This response submitted by Nacho Oliveros on 11/10/1998.

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I hope to hear from you soon,Keith , Thanks Nacho.

Soft Skins

This response submitted by Keith Daniels on 11/10/1998.

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Nacho, the first thing to try is send it to a tannery, didn't expect that one did you guys? I'm not sure where you're from, but if it's the U S or Canada, you are money ahead to just send it out. If you'll let me know the history of this skin you're working on, tan, how it was tanned, oiling procedure etc. we'll see if we can help you along on this one. Keith


This response submitted by Nacho Oliveros on 11/11/1998.

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Hi Keith, I tan my own skins,I live in Hermosillo Sonora Mexico, I have a taxidermy busines very often I send de back skin to the tanery but some times I have people whith noting to do, and I want to learn. I tan my skins with salt,formic acid and fleshing machine and soft oil. any sugestion??? Thanks, Nacho Oliveros.

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This response submitted by Keith Daniels on 11/11/1998.

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Nacho, your skins aren't tanned, they are just pickled. After your Formic acid and shaving, you need to run the skins through a tan of some kind, it could be Lutan F N, Aluminum Sulphate, Chrome Tan, or one of the synthetics, such as the E Z 100 that Bruce sells. Which ever one you have the best access to is the one I would use, just as long as you do use one. Probably your best bet right now would be to buy a "Kit" from one of the suppliers if you can, I don't know how it is to ship from U S to Mexico, whether this is possible. If you can get one of the tans locally, and they have use instructions just follow them, after you have pickled and shaved the skins, but not oiled them. After you remove the skins from the tan, now is the time to oil them. Fold them up for a few days, skin to skin, then hang them up to dry. If you have a tall drum, 6 ft., now drum them in damp sawdust, stretch them, and let dry again, then stretch and drum again in clean saw dust. You may need to do more stretching and drumming, depends on how well the tan and oil attached. If you don't have a drum, re wet this skin with damp towels laid on the leather, don't soak the whole thing, then work the skin periodically as it dries. Using something with a narrow edge, such as a plow coulter or old disk blade, and working the skin over it wil help break the fibers and soften the skin. The more work you put into it, the softer it will be. Holler if you need more help, Keith

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