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getting the most stretch out of ure capes?

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by johnb1, Aug 15, 2010.

  1. johnb1

    johnb1 Well-Known Member

    the tannery i use does great work,and i get all my stuff wet tanned.but they come back a little dry. i soak them in warm water and spray them down with a mixture of water and super washing soda.it gets a little more stretch,but is there any other method i can use to get more stretch.any help thanks.
  2. Ted B

    Ted B Active Member

    I would sweat those capes for a night if i were you. Also make sure its shaved well

  3. Old Fart

    Old Fart Active Member

    Are you saying that the capes will not come back to fit the original size deer that they came off of........Or are you saying that you can't get a 18" cape to make it on a 24" form? Capes will usually fit the proper size form, with ease. If you are trying to put them on something two sizes larger you will always run into trouble.
  4. taxyman

    taxyman Member

    I would be a little careful using a lot of that super washing soda.
  5. livbucks

    livbucks Well-Known Member

    The soda can relax the skin too much and cause slip.
  6. tazzymoto

    tazzymoto Well-Known Member

    Proper shaving is the key!
  7. Curt

    Curt Family Life member of the NTA

    X-2 Tazzymoto
  8. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    My tannery recommends using a little baking soda with water to relax capes. I usually put a cup of baking soda to 5-6 gallons of water with a cap full of fabric softener. Allow them to drain, then sweat overnight.
  9. jim tucker

    jim tucker Well-Known Member

    So far all the answers are good ones. However some ways getting good stretch start at the fleshing phase.

    1. Makes sure and stretch your capes as WIDE as possible before salting.

    2. Don't hang them by the nose to dry...let them lay flat or put them on a big stretcher.

    3. Don't let your capes dry out ROCK HARD
  10. scandler

    scandler New Member

    just wondering what u guys mean by " letting it sweat over night" and how do u do this? just wondering
  11. x2 on the fabric softner, by sweat. they simply mean put in a plastic bag so no moisture can escape, and put in the fridg over night
  12. livbucks

    livbucks Well-Known Member

    Sweating simply is..... the act of putting it in plastic, placing it in a refrigerator to make the relative humidity skyrocket, and giving the skin enought time to absorb the moisture.
    No real magic, just physics.