I spoke with you the other day and ordered some Tru-Bond. I mentioned a cape issue that you felt was under hydrated and possibly under neutralized. I think I figured it out and could likely learn ALOT if you could spare a moment to read this and give your expert opinion. O.K, here goes. I tanned 3 hides. I use the standard salt rehydrate pickle neut and tan. When i hand shaved the snout on these deer the skin was soft on top but under that layer was tough, raw appearing skin. You felt it was under rehydrated. O.K. Being the rookie idiot that i am, lesser by the year Thank God, I test fitted these capes, didnt like it, and then i re-brushed on the tan and covered over night. Next day i rinsed and proceeded. My thinking is that by retanning I really "tightened up" these capes. Is that thinking on the right line? Secondly, if as you suspected, these capes were not fully neutralized or rehydrated, by re-tanning i REALLY screwed the pooch. Have I figured this out correctly? I once heared that some improve the stretch of capes by oiling twice. Now i realize that oiling twice and tanning twice AINT THE SAME KITTY!Dangit!! I dont know where i went wrong as i usually rehydrate fully. Heck, i even dump out my rehydration baths half way through and re do them just to keep it all as clean as i can!. Im picky and ticked that i goofed some how. I dont know if my assumptions are correct and felt your knowledge would shed some light as to whether or not i have this figured out. I have one more cape. It was done the same way as the other two which are now mounted. This is a 20 inch cape but it wont budge past 19. Should i brush on the bakingsoda and water to help it "let out" and try the 20 or is the risk of slip to great doing this? I have never lost a cape so far and ive had some rough ones. This cape was processed quickly without rot issues.It is in the freezer for now. This may be a dumb, last question but here goes. Are the mechanics of a tan that ensure the hair is locked in tight also responsible for a tight unstretchy cape. Therefore its a balancing act trying to get the ratio between tight hair and stretch to a useable ratio? Thanks very much for your time.