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Bear rug help

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by R.J. Meyer II, Jan 15, 2015.

  1. R.J. Meyer II

    R.J. Meyer II Member

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    Hi All, Had a life size bear skin commercially wet tanned and the client changed it to a rug. After deboarding the skin is way stiffer than a dry tan would have been. Does anyone have any suggestions about possibly oiling the leather to soften it up a bit before I pad and felt it.
     
  2. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    It needs to get a bit hydrated and then broke to help soften it up. After the hydration you could use a 50/50 mix of warm water and oil to aid in softening it up.
     

  3. R.J. Meyer II

    R.J. Meyer II Member

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    Thank You Frank.
     
  4. Petergon

    Petergon New Member

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    Get the water with the oil mi. Well get it bit hot and with a paint sprayer kind of pint the hide hanging upside down, of course you need a compresor… I am from Mexico and dont know if I explained well..
     
  5. Bravesfan

    Bravesfan New Member

    Send it back to your tannery and have them run it through as a dry tan, if they are reputable they should work with you and just charge you a small handling/retanning fee. I have done this several times with no issues and you do not have to worry about oily hair like you would if you did it yourself.
     
  6. tazzymoto

    tazzymoto Well-Known Member

    http://trubondtanning.com/Taxidermy-Tanning-Kit-for-Wallhan…

    Take a look at this link