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Soften ready-tanned polarbear to fullmount?

Discussion in 'Lifesize Mammals' started by munk, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. munk

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    Does anyone have any good advice for a soften a 20 years old polar bear skin (ready-tanned). For a fullmounting ?
     
  2. Museum Man

    Museum Man Well-Known Member

    do not soak it.....spritz with a water bottle...put it in the fridge....take it out at least two or three times a day and repeate..slowly work the hide with your hands to relax it....i softened up a grizzley cape that was tanned for nearly 40 years and it mounted up fine....it was however kept in a plastic bag for all those years...it was not frozen and was still fairly soft....the plus was it had been tanned by new method....it is not impossible as long as it is not brittle
     

  3. munk

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    Many Thanks for you advice.
    Will you use salt Water to spritz the hide with ?
     
  4. I tried it on one a few year ago and it turned into polar bear soup, so i would try a small section first.
     
  5. Museum Man

    Museum Man Well-Known Member

    i just use regular water...it should only fall apart if it has all the oil dried out of it..otherwise you should be able to save itl...its all in who tanned it and how good the tan is