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Tanning Preserved Specimens

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by ruskket, Jul 8, 2019.

  1. ruskket

    ruskket Member

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    Is it possible to tan a specimen that's been preserved with chemicals? Would you even have to tan it or could it be skinned and dried? Thanks.
     
  2. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Tanning is preserving a hide with chemicals.

    Are you talking about a wet specimen?
     

  3. ruskket

    ruskket Member

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    Yes. I'm wondering if a preserved specimen, such as a wet or dissection specimen, can be skinned and tanned as a pelt.
     
  4. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Most dissection stuff is formalin. You won't be able to actually tan it and make leather, no. You could tack it out and dry it flat but that would be about it. It will need many rinses in alcohol to get the formalin out.
     
  5. ruskket

    ruskket Member

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    Thank you! I appreciate your input :)
     
  6. Lorn

    Lorn New Member

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    How do you pickle tan bear hides? I have a partial one that I would like to do. It has been fleshed, salted, froze, thawed and new salt put on. I’m gonna use the vinegar technique
     
  7. Fallenscale

    Fallenscale Active Member

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    Do you mean a alum pickle?
     
  8. Lorn

    Lorn New Member

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    Pickle with vinegar, salt and water and use neatsfoot oil on it