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streching a hide

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by predatorpro, Apr 3, 2017.

  1. First,Iv checked on here and couldn't come up with an answer so hopefully someone has a suggestion I could try.I have a hard tanned African Bushbuck shoulder cape from a customer he needs mounted. I rehydrated it in cold water.After a couple of hours I pulled it out and hung up to get some water off it then wrapped it up and put in the refrigerator to sweat over night.The next day I checked it and it rehydrated nice but ZERO stretch. I refroze until I had time to work with it.I now re thawed it and its still has zero stretched but is perfectly pliable.I now tried a cap full of downy in some regular temperature water and then put back in the refrigerator over night.Today I pulled it out and it still has zero stretch. I asked my customer where he got it tanned but he said they did it in Africa so he has no idea.What else can I do to get the stretch back.
     
  2. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Why would a tanned hide have salt on it?
     

  3. TIMBUCK

    TIMBUCK Active Member

    New one on me. I've never seen a tanned cape with a lot of salt on it. Now I have seen capes with 0 stretch.
    If it's tanned HOT water could help but it may not. Some tanning methods used in Africa produce 0 stretch.
     
  4. Sorry about that.I meant it was hard tanned and I rehydrated it in just plain water.It had no salt.I was working on another one earlier that turned out just fine and that one had all the salt. Its a beautiful cape but without any strech.