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Can I use a dryer to break a hide?

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by km123, Nov 17, 2014.

  1. km123

    km123 New Member

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    I tanned my badger hide and now i need to break it. Could i just put it in the dryer? Or do i have to do it all by hand as usual? Thanks!
     
  2. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Do it by hand. The dryer does not have a big enough drop to break a hide properly.
     

  3. km123

    km123 New Member

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    Alrighty. :-\
     
  4. capnmike

    capnmike New Member

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    The heat of the dryer will shrink it up and you will never get it broke. Once you do it by hand try it on the wire wheel if you have one.
     
  5. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    My dryer tumbles on no heat. It helps in drying the hair using cob grit, however, as was said before, you need a big drop and a large capacity to hold a lot of media to break a hide properly. A dryer has neither of those.
     
  6. km123

    km123 New Member

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    yeah my dryer can tumble on no heat also. I heard of someone putting a hide in a dryer with no heat with a bunch of clean shoes? Ill just do it by hand it seems to be the safest. i don't want to ruin the pelt. Ill use a rabbit or a squirrel skin to try the whole dryer method on. Thanks for all the help and advise!!
     
  7. I sure wouldn't use clean shoes...all kidding aside the dryer idea is good for drying the fur, and works good on birds as well but it will not break a hide, as mentioned above. I am going to send all soft tan items to tannery this year, and everything I mount I will wet tanned at home, time saver and better finished product. If you are busy with mounts then you could spend your day mounting a deer or something instead of breaking a hide for a lot less money. Just my thoughts on it.
     
  8. Icarus

    Icarus Something Witty

    I think you need something like a 6ft drum with baffles and media to break a hide as far as I recall. Dryers are just a bit too small :D
     
  9. km123

    km123 New Member

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    Hahaha. Yeah. I finally got it broke to the softness that i like. thanks!