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Rittels snake tanning help!

Discussion in 'Reptile Taxidermy' started by Wdburns1, Aug 9, 2016.

  1. Wdburns1

    Wdburns1 New Member

    Hey guys I just used a Rittels kit on a 6 ft diamondback skin and it didn't turn out very good. It's not the white plump leather that I was expecting, it is thin and almost brittle. I made sure my ph was correct both when pickling and when adding the Kwik-Tan. Any ideas where I might have went wrong? Is it possible to relax the skin and try again? Thanks for the help.
  2. pyeager1

    pyeager1 Active Member

    You're not gonna get a 'plump' leather with that tanning method. It is used for a 'mount' tan where you want it to dry on the form. You needed to use one of the 'craft' tans to get the leather you're are looking for. Most of the reptile tanning kits offered in the catalogs is what you need. For example Knoblochs reptile tan or Snaketan by Trent Meyer. As for relaxing it, you would probably get for sure slippage of epidermis by doing that. It probably is what it is.