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Old July 20, 2011, 06:34 PM   #1
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preserving pelts

im going to be hunting small game and large game animals and i was wondering on how to preserve the pelt.
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Old July 20, 2011, 06:56 PM   #2
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After you skin it and flesh it either put it onto a hanger or streach it and nail it on wood depending how you skin it, then salt it good by rubbing it in the salt will dry up the blood and cure the pelt but every day check it for water and blood then re salt.
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Old July 20, 2011, 07:02 PM   #3
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ok i was told salt would work wanted second oppinion i want to use the same process that they used it the wild west days. thats what they used i gather.
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Old July 20, 2011, 08:17 PM   #4
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if thats what you want to do then look up brain tanning
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Old July 20, 2011, 08:19 PM   #5
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thanks this should help alot.
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Old July 20, 2011, 08:20 PM   #6
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Salt works great for preserving anything.
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Old July 20, 2011, 08:29 PM   #7
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how long does the skin last with just salting it. im thinking of brain tanning.
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Old July 20, 2011, 08:32 PM   #8
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there are accounts of native americans using urine to tan and preserve leather.
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Old July 20, 2011, 09:08 PM   #9
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what kind human urine animal urine im going to try all the tanning styles see what one works the best.
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Old July 20, 2011, 09:15 PM   #10
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Old July 20, 2011, 09:16 PM   #11
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what elts do you do just pee on it and its good to go.
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Old July 21, 2011, 10:48 AM   #12
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You are going to have the flesh teh hide, cure it, its a very messy smelly process. I tried it once, and that was enough.
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Old July 21, 2011, 10:59 AM   #13
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what elts do you do just pee on it and its good to go.
It's been 15 minutes and I'm still laughing.

I know that sounds smarmy, and I guess it is,,,
But I spit coffee on my screen when I read that post.

You do not want to do urine tanning,,,
First, it involves saving your urine in open jars for a month or so.

Try this stuff, it works very well.

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Old July 21, 2011, 12:42 PM   #14
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no one told me how to i dont know lol how do you use the tanning soulution the same way as braining put it on the skin and work it in.
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Old July 21, 2011, 01:13 PM   #15
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Hello 8mm,,,

Find a Tandy Leather factory store in your area,,,
They have several books on brain tanning,,,
They also sell the Tannit solution,,,
Instructions are on the bottle.

But yes, you basically work it into the hide.

It's not an easy process,,,
Lotsa bending of the leather to work the liquid in.

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Old July 21, 2011, 01:28 PM   #16
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First thing is get comfortable with a search engine. Search for "tanning hides" or "preserving hides" or something similar. It will give you links to sites like this.

Tandy Tannit or similar substances work OK and are easy to use, but require you to be comfortable with fleshing and stretching the hide for best results.

When I was in college we used to set up "study skins" using borax.

Salting a hide will not preserve it, salting it enough and drying it will give you rawhide. Nothing wrong with rawhide if you intend to get it tanned later.

Urine "tanning" will not give you good results.
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Old July 23, 2011, 01:27 PM   #17
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I've brain tanned hides before. Very labor intensive, and if you want it to be where it won't shrink up from rain, and turn stiff as a board, you have to smoke it afterwards. I think all hunters ought to do it once, just because it's a neat piece of woodscraft that has gotten lost throughout the years, but with technology and modern chemistry, there are much easier ways to tan. And like Scorch said, salting a hide will hold it over until you get ready to tan it, but it is not a substitute for tanning. You could just as easily roll the hide up and stick it in the freezer until you get ready to work on it instead of using the salt.

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Old July 23, 2011, 05:25 PM   #18
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how safe are the new tanning chemicals.
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Old July 25, 2011, 01:15 AM   #19
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how safe are the new tanning chemicals.
I haven't messed with the chemicals, so I may be wrong on this, but I believe some of them are pretty safe, containing vegetable dyes and fairly harmless chemicals when used correctly, but I think some contain heavy metals and other nasty chemicals. This is based on something that I think I read a long time ago, so this post might be worth what you paid for it. Just thought you should know.

Now they do sell kits, and I would think you could get an MSDS sheet for them on the web to find out what's in them.

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Old July 25, 2011, 01:38 AM   #20
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Just use the keep it super simple approach. Skin your animal and cut off all the fat and flesh that you can and rub a bunch of salt into the hide. Nail the hide to and old door or the backside of the barn fur in towards the wood and stretch it tight and nail it down tight. Come by every day or so and rub some more salt into it and remove and flesh you may have missed. Keep scraping it and rubbing salt into it. One day you're done and have a cool fur. No chemicals needed, and tends to keep the girls out of whats behind that door...
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Old July 25, 2011, 11:56 AM   #21
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Brain Tanning??

I think that could be part of my problem now!

Will salt work good for snake skins?
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Old July 25, 2011, 12:18 PM   #22
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There's A LOT to learn about tanning hides, especially if you want to do it without any commercial products. Do you want to just preserve it and don;t care if it's stiff as a board and a little funky smelling, or do you want to actually tan it into a leather / fur product?
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Old July 25, 2011, 04:27 PM   #23
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i want to preserve them and make things out of the skin like rugs ect.
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Old July 26, 2011, 12:44 AM   #24
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how long does the skin last with just salting it. im thinking of brain tanning.
If you flesh it, make sure the fat is scraped off, turn the ears, split the lips and dry it it should last indefinitely if it's kept dry.

Salt is not necessary and may even be detrimental to the tanning process. Salting is only useful for accelerating the drying if you have a short turnaround for shipping to a tannery.

I have several fleshed and dried pelts that haven't been salted awaiting to be tanned and are doing just fine.
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Old July 26, 2011, 08:11 AM   #25
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I've found that if you do a good job fleshing the hide, leaving nothing that will rot like fat or meat, and you get to the braining pretty quickly after the hide dries, you don't really need the salt. All it does is buy you some time between fleshing and the actual tanning process in case you can't get to it right away. It just makes things messier IMO. If you think you will have some layover time between skinning the animal out and getting to the tanning, the best thing to do to preserve it without making a mess is to just roll the hide up and put it in a freezer bag and into the deep freezer. Take it out when you get ready, air dry it, and start working the brain slurry in.

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