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Tanning Eels?

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by keithfernandez, May 14, 2016.

  1. keithfernandez

    keithfernandez New Member

    Can you tan an eel skin? Like a Moray eel and have it be soft and flexible?
  2. den007

    den007 Active Member

    Yeah, there are quite a few humans that can tan eels, rays, shark, you name it. Think China. Think they are going to tell you?

    Anyone who truly tans fish skin into leather will not divulge their "secrets."

    When I do, I will. Last on my back burner list.


  3. Genie

    Genie Member

    Check with the reptile taxidermists. I see they do alligator rugs, etc. Fish guys don't have much use for a soft tan. You might have to experiment a bit. Good luck.
  4. JL

    JL Taxidermist for 64 years

    Although I have never done it my guess is to approach it as any skin. (1) Flesh and pickle. (2) Liquatan or Rittel's reptile tan. (3) Soak in tanning oil overnight, drain, stake out to shape until dry, work over an axe head or something similar until soft. That's how I would do it. Good luck...JL