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Rattlesnake Skin And Krowtann Problem

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by BCR, Dec 15, 2019.

  1. BCR

    BCR New Member

    First of all, I’m not a taxidermist. I’m a leather craftsman. I was asked to make a belt with snake skin inlays. The customer provided the skins (from 3 snakes) in a ziplock bag... frozen... and I was told they were tanned already. To be sure, I asked for info and was given the name of the taxidermist that tanned the skins. I contacted him to confirm they were tanned and I was told they were tanned with Krowtann. Assuming all was well, I thawed the skins and hung them out to dry... only to later find them shriveled and hard as a board. Soaking them in water restored the flexibility... but fearing they’d harden again, I tried soaking one of them with neatsfoot (since it softens leather, I thought I’d give it a try). No luck... I’m left with an oily shriveled skin. I need a DRY, flexible skin to glue to a belt. Is there any way to fix what I have?
  2. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    They need to get retanned. Send them to a reputable taxidermist or tannery that handles reptile skins.
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