I no little to nothing about tanning,but would like to tan some hides at home can some one give me a recipe for tanning and the way it should be done.I have done it with salt,but understand this is not real tanning.I have heard of a Alum/Salt recipe but dont know the quantities
i really don't know that much either but i have done a few i have a racoon on right now i just put lots of salt on them and leave them in the sun the come out stiff but it works i never could figer out how to make the soft hides but it works i have used salt on deer, coon , and rattlesnake even cotton mouths it works
Cabelas sells an orange bottle of a tanning solution. I gave it a try and seems to work good for making your hides soft. It has directions on the bottle on how to use it.
mavericktradingpost.com/ sells a snake tanning formula. Only takes a 24 hour soak in the solution after fleshing the hide. Then you pin it out to dry. Usually have snake hides done within a few days. Sounds expensive at $20 a pint, but I've gotten 5 snakes tanned and, at most, have used up 2 ounces of the solution.
Post by prairie calls on Mar 22, 2005 14:42:41 GMT -5
Moontroll, The process for tanning hides is pretty much the same for all types of tan. Most tans are divided into 2 catagories. Vegetable tan and Chemical tans. The therory is the Vegi tans make the hide last longer. The first thing you want to do is remove all the fat and membrane off of the hide. Then salt it down, roll the hide up and place on a slanted board to allow the hide to drain water away from the hide, do not allow water to puddle in the hide check it every day and resalt and make sure hide is covered. Then the next step is a good pickle bath pick up some pickling crystals from one of the taxidermy supply houses. Follow the directions with the crystals. Get a good tanning compound and follow the directions supplied. There are many types of tans available from cream tans to crystal tans. Each time the hide is checked you need to work the hide with a scraper to break the hide down to accept the tan.
Post by theundertaker on Jun 8, 2005 11:46:19 GMT -5
I am new to this forum and to alot of this web site. I have heard the easiest way is to stir rain water and either a pig or horses brain and to soak it and the smoke it and it's done. The indian used this method but like I said I really don't know much about this. the undertaker
Your easiest and and economical reliable kit your can buy at any upper scale hunting and fishing shops. Its perfect for anyone wanting to learn tanning for its so simple. Its "Rittels" tanning kit. All you need to tan 4-5 deer skins or whatver is included with complete instructions. Always reliable, always good results. I know Mr. Rittel and he will stand by his tanning products and you can always call his company if you need help in any way or need any other supplies if you tan larger animals. If you can not find his kit in stores write me here and I can give you his 800 number to order direct to your door.
Last Edit: Jun 12, 2005 5:44:22 GMT -5 by CrystalNZ
When I was a kid I tried the salting in the sun method on a squirrel. After it got stiff as a board, I decided for some unknown reason to go work it on my fathers portable belt sander. After a little grinding, the skin came out bone white and suede soft. I have used the kits and they work pretty well. Van Dykes taxidermy online has a ton of kits and solutions.
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