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First time tanning advise please

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by Toolfactory, Apr 14, 2018.

  1. Toolfactory

    Toolfactory New Member

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    so this is my very first attempt at tanning. i accidentally got my pickle too acidic for only a minute or two, and in a panic I added baking soda and got the ph back to 1.5-2 area. Will this fix the problem or once you get too acidic are you screwed? Like I said it only happened for a minute or two. I figure I'm already going to have hair slippage because I defleshed way too close in areas and I could see the hair roots. Live and learn, there is only one way to learn and that is trial and error. The animal is a skunk. Any Help is appreciated.
     
  2. Bruce_Rittel

    Bruce_Rittel Consultant Services

    By any advice. I always used Saftee Acid and when I mixed it up for Pickling my skins or capes it always read 1.1. My local Water is a 6.8 pH. However, when I put the skins or Capes into the solution they absorbed some of the Acid and it normally jumped to a 1.5 pH. As long as the pH remained at a 2.0 or lower it did not cause a problem.

    In tanneries they consider a 0.0 to 2.0 a safe Pickling range depending on the Agent you use to Pickle. - some agents like Alum and Formic are Antiseptic and work at a higher pH - but in Tanneries , they us Suphuric acid, Oxalic Acidic , and may others''

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  3. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    As long as your pickle is where you want it, you are ok.
     
  4. Toolfactory

    Toolfactory New Member

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    Thanks I will keep you updated on how it turns out
     
  5. cyclone

    cyclone Posts: 400001

    As long as your pH was settled at and remains stable at 1.5-2, then you are fine.

    What acid did you use and what was the initial pH of your pickle to raise such alarm?
     
  6. Toolfactory

    Toolfactory New Member

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    Thanks for the info, I'm using some stuff from Trubond tanning. it's embarrassing but I kind of forgot that more acid means lower PH, and in an attempt to nudge the PH a little higher I added acid which of course made it drop.