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Borax tanning

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by 3Maria3, Feb 13, 2008.

  1. 3Maria3

    3Maria3 New Member

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    I have a fleshed and shaved beaver hide and would like to tan it with borax. I read on the old forum someone soaked they're hides in denatured alcohol then tanned them with borax. I do want to do it fur on. How long should it soak in the alcohol and how do you use borax for tanning?

    Thank you!
     
  2. You can absolutely not tan a skin with alcohol and borax.
     

  3. 3Maria3

    3Maria3 New Member

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    Supposedly the denatured alcohol is perfect for weak pickling and it has a PH of 4. How do you use borax for tanning?
     
  4. Perhaps you misread my post. You Cannot tan with Borax.
     
  5. 3Maria3

    3Maria3 New Member

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    Then what about this thread?

    http://www.taxidermy.net/forum/index.php/topic,67295.0.html

    I can't find the thread that I read before but the one I just linked still talks about tanning with it.
     
  6. Phillip

    Phillip New Member

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    All the previous post are correct 3Maria3. You can cure them but you most certainly not tan them.
     
  7. 3Maria3

    3Maria3 New Member

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    OK then, how do you preserve them with borax? I'm not wanting some fancy hide I just want something I can lay on a table for looks. But I don't want something that will go bad.
    Thank you.
     
  8. GWebb

    GWebb Active Member

    You can mount a skin with borax but you can not make a soft garment/rug with it. To do this the hide needs to be tanned with tanning chemicals and the hide broken before it dries. Do a search through the archives and read for a week or so, buy a tanning kit for under $20 and go to town.
     
  9. 3Maria3

    3Maria3 New Member

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    I am not wanting to make a garmet or rug with it. Just a wall hanging or something to lay on a table, just for looks.
     
  10. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    Maria, simply stated, DP is a dry preservative that simply dehydrates a hide while providing SOME insect protection from the borax included in it. However, for what you have in mind, you're going to end up with an orange peel on your table. DP dries it out, but the edges will invariably curl as the skin shrinks during dehydration. It will become brittle and when it becomes damp, it will revert back to it's natural state. Simply put, that hide needs to be tanned.
     
  11. TD

    TD My GGG Grandfather John "Tanner John" King b 1820

    Get a rainy day and it might go to stinking if you DP it.........
     
  12. 3Maria3

    3Maria3 New Member

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    What about brain tanning? How many brains would you need from sheep or goats? those are the only ones I can get. I've only seen "recipes" that called for pig and cow brains.
     
  13. Geez buy Rittels tanning kit.
     
  14. 3Maria3

    3Maria3 New Member

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    The beaver was (fresh) ROADKILL. It had a couple big holes in the hide, I don't want to put $20-$40 + shipping into it. I am looking into the powder though, since it is $5 + shipping. It is allot cheaper in the long run, and since I work at a rabbitry butchering rabbits I can tan those hides as well instead of buying one kit that would only tan a couple things. I know I'll still need pickle and oil but it is still cheaper.
     
  15. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    Maria, I don't think you're grasping what we're saying. You CANNOT TAN with "powder". You're simply drying the hide out. It may be "cheaper" in more ways than you're imagining.
     
  16. Roger E

    Roger E Member

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    Maria, I find it entertaining that you come to the forum to ask better-informed folks about specific subjects, then reject the very answers to your questions...never, ever, let facts confuse the issues...especially if the message received isn't the one you wanted.
     
  17. 3Maria3

    3Maria3 New Member

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    I mean Rittels EZ-100 tanning agent. You mix it with salt and water so you don't really tan with powder. It just comes in powder but you mix it what is needed and you end up with liqud. I'm sorry that I read something about someone tanning a deer hide with borax and thought it was possible.
     
  18. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    Maria...small time tanning is more trouble than it is worth. You will have more invested in that beaver than if you just send it out.
     
  19. Laurier

    Laurier Active Member

    that's right George , and then dust mites will get in it and eat the skin , leaving you will something that looks like sawdust , but it's the beavers skin , ( reason ) it is not tanned.
     
  20. Cripple Creek Farm

    Cripple Creek Farm New Member

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    every animal has enough brain to tan its own hide, i.e. 1 bunny brain=1 bunny hide or similar sized animal. so I would go with the size of the animal. Brain tanning is not hard and the end results are fantastic.