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Losing my fox bellies during rehydration

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by Charman03, Mar 15, 2016.

  1. Charman03

    Charman03 New Member

    I keep getting major belly slippage on red fox before I can even get them into the pickle. These are fleshed and stretched trapper dried furs that I'm rehydrating in a water/salt mixture, approximately 2lbs of salt per gallon of water.

    Once rehydrated (16-20) hrs I go to rinse them prior to putting in the pickle and all of the belly fur comes off about 4 inches up on a case skinned fur.

    Does anyone have any advice?
  2. muscle20

    muscle20 New Member

    For one thing 16- 20 hours is way too long to re- hydrate a thin skinned flint dried fox, I would say agitate in re-hydration bath of cold water for flint dried fox ( no salt) 2- 3 hours, fox skins are very thin and do not take long to relax as you have just removed the skin from the carcass, agitation speeds up hydration. The only skin that I can think of that would take 16 - 20 hours to re-hydrate is a buffalo or elk lol.

  3. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Salt impedes hydration. 2 pounds of salt will slow hydration immensely. A salt dried skin will rehydrate faster than a flint dried skin usually.
  4. Charman03

    Charman03 New Member

    I have some skinned and frozen fox pelts that I will salt after fleshing for next time. I also think I'll try the ultra soft relaxer and definitely try to cut the rehydration time down.