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Repairing Vintage Pelt?

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by SybilCrow, Dec 26, 2017.

  1. SybilCrow

    SybilCrow New Member

    I have a vintage spotted hyena pelt I got from a flea market, and while I love this piece, it's not in great condition. The leather is brittle and fragile (the texture feels kind of like heavy card stock), and has a few holes in it, and the fabric backing is falling apart.
    While the holes and backing are relatively easy to fix, I was wondering if there's any way to soften and strengthen the leather? I'd be willing to send it off to have someone do this for me, I just very much want this piece to be repaired.
  2. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    unfortunately not really, it can be backed with a cloth and glue but it will only be stiffer
    You wont be able to make it soft again with all the important oils it lost due to age

    Now it can be repaired and it will be costly but not soft.