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Rehydrating Ear Cartilage On A Dry Tanned Cape

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by donkeyman, Jan 13, 2019.

  1. donkeyman

    donkeyman Member

    having trouble getting the ear cartilages on a cape to rehydrate - not getting soft at all - have had the ears only soaking for 6 hours and no difference - the cape is not that old - any ideas or thoughts appreciated. thanks
  2. socalmountainman

    socalmountainman Northwestern School of Taxidermy - Class of '73

    Do you know who the tannery is? I would ask them for re-hydrating instructions.
    If not:
    I have on occasion had to wrap the inside-out ears with a wet towel and then in a plastic bag and in the refrigerator overnight to sweat. Sometimes I have had to repeat again for a second night. The noses get rock hard too!
    Make sure you are adding salt to the soak water and then let it drain before bagging it for the fridge.