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15 year old salted cat skin

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by byrdman, Apr 24, 2010.

  1. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

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    I have a wildcat skin that was dorsal skun with everything turned/salted/dried. It has been hanging for about 5 years after 10 years of storage in the freezer.....will this thing still tan for mounting? or should I re-hydrate it and cream tan?
     
  2. muscle20

    muscle20 New Member

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    All you can do is try to hydrate it ,the fatty acids might of deteriorated it being in that state for such a lengthy time.
     

  3. gunner62

    gunner62 Gunners Buckhorn Taxidermy

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    All you can do is try, what have ya got to lose???
     
  4. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

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    well thats just it I would rather leave it up to a professional tanner....was hoping to get a response from one
     
  5. coonhollow

    coonhollow Active Member

    I definitely wouldn't send it to a commercial tannery I would want to monitor it through the process. myself I would rehydrate it in a 3# to a gallon of water solution, drain it and get it in a pickle solution, then straight to the tan. just don't drag your feet!
     
  6. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

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    whats a 3#to a gallon solution?.....3# of what?
     
  7. coonhollow

    coonhollow Active Member

    3 pounds of salt to each gallon of water
     
  8. Good Luck... I have 4 cougar here to do... Be salted AT LEAST 13 years. Probably as many as 20. IF all goes well (which I am pretty certian it won't) he will have 4 nice tanned cougar skins. If it doesn't he'll get 4 Really nice Sets of Cougar Claws!

    I would not put 3# of salt in a Gallon of water... I am not even sure you can fully dissolve 3 pounds of salt in a gallon of water. It will take a VERY long time to rehydrate. Use a Surfectant and A little salt, maybe a handful per gallon. WATCH it closely. If its starts to fall apart its toast.