Washing and Tanning Sheep hide...

Submitted by Brozbows on 12/17/1998. ( longbows@cici.mb.ca )

Greetings all,

Couple quick questions;

How, and with what, should I wash the hide, it's fairly dirty? Should I flesh it first, then wash?

Once it's clean I'm most likely just going to stretch and dry it until I need to use it.

I'm going to be using it for making various articles, boot liners etc... nothing that requires it to be tanned per say. However, once it's dry, what can I treat it with to make it
somewhat plyable/supple for some of my aplications?


Darryl Broszeit

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You MUST Tan the Hide.

This response submitted by John Bellucci on 12/18/1998. ( ArtistExpr@aol.com )

Hey Darryl,

If you wash a sheep hide then spread it out to dry, it will most likely rot before it dries. The wool will hold in that much moisture! Even if you think you got it all out, it will be plenty damp!

If you want to use the hide or its parts for anything, it must be tanned - leatherized - by a commercial tannery. I would never tan one of these things "in-studio". Without the proper equipment, sheep hides are monstrous to handle!

If this thing is not tanned it is going to S-T-I-N-K! Anything that you use it for will most definitely require tanning.

Just some well-worn words of wisdom for you. All the best... John B.

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