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Tanning/Initial Tanning Prep...

Post by Stix » 20 Feb 2018, 12:49 pm

Got myself a nice cat skin on the weekend...apart from not being the nicest skinning job ive ever performed, it looks & feels a nice fur...

Ive never kept a skin/fur before, so what do i do to initially preserve it...?

Its been shot 36 hrs ago & has been in the fridge...

Do i cake it in salt & freeze it for now...?

I know someone recently di d a kid goat skin, & some others listed their tips too, but i cant find the thread...

Any tips to initially preserve it would be great...Cheers
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Post by sungazer » 20 Feb 2018, 1:14 pm

Put salt on the skin and I mean a lot and fold it in half put it on a board on a slant to drain. The next day clean off the previous salt and then put more salt on. You may be able to freeze without the salting have to get info off someone else for that. I try and get them in the tanning solution asap so I dont have to salt.
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Post by Daddybang » 20 Feb 2018, 1:21 pm

We did that kid by scraping when it was fresh.
Pinned it out flesh side up.
Scraped as much flesh off as we could(paint scraper worked)
Then applied a thick layer of salt (as sungazer said)
Left it pinned out in a shady spot for a week reapply salt everyday (just over the old)
Then scraped most of the salt off before dropping in the tanning solution.
Hope this helps ya stix. :drinks:
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Post by marksman » 20 Feb 2018, 1:29 pm

salting the skin will dehydrate it so it kills the bacteria you will need to re-hydrate it before tanning or fold it skin on skin and freeze till you will tan it
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Post by Daddybang » 20 Feb 2018, 1:36 pm

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We didn't rehydrate it at all before putting into the tanning solution. Goes to show there really is more than one way to skin a cat!!!(or goat) :lol: :drinks:


Should add we still need to trim the edges. :drinks:
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Post by Stix » 20 Feb 2018, 3:39 pm

Thanks guys...
I also rang a bloke who said its too late & the skin will be f#@ked...
But it wasnt very slimy...so he said it might be worth a crack.
This guy is a local tanner, & he suggested to salt AND freeze it...saying the salt kills one kind of bacteria & freezing kills another.

So i shot up to Bunnings n grabbed a bag of pool salt & covered it...
Also grabbed the good ol' Saxa to make sure all the nooks n crannies were covered.

Anyone know what to freeze it in...?
Cotton bag/cloth, pkastic bag, newspaper...???
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Post by Stix » 20 Feb 2018, 3:42 pm

Moggie May so far... (she was a pretty young lass).

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Post by Stix » 20 Feb 2018, 3:59 pm

Now ive done that...

Im thinking of just tanning it now...

I know this is lazy in terms of doing my own research, but can any of you folk tell me what i need to get this thing cracking immediately...? (if i get it straight into the tanning solution)
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Post by bigrich » 20 Feb 2018, 4:04 pm

hey stix, your not making a daniel boone style fur hat ar ya :lol: sorry mate i couldn't help myself :lol:
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Post by Daddybang » 20 Feb 2018, 4:20 pm

Stix wrote:Now ive done that...

Im thinking of just tanning it now...

I know this is lazy in terms of doing my own research, but can any of you folk tell me what i need to get this thing cracking immediately...? (if i get it straight into the tanning solution)


Seeing as ya just salted her don't get caught up rushing the job. If ya have a book store or library near ya see if ya can get a copy of the book in the pic. This fella knows a bit about leather and hides!! :drinks:

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Post by Stix » 20 Feb 2018, 4:35 pm

bigrich wrote:hey stix, your not making a daniel boone style fur hat ar ya :lol: sorry mate i couldn't help myself :lol:


Haha...Nah mate...not me...but i know of someone on this site that wants too...

I wonder how he's going with it, & whether he lined up the cat skins ok...?


This was just a nice fur Bigrich...young & soft...thought it was too good to throw away...
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Post by Stix » 20 Feb 2018, 4:43 pm

Thanks Daddybang...

Looks like a great book, but i dont really have time for visiting book stores and the like...

I just figured ill give it a crack now...that way i cant make the excuse for leaving it sitting in my freezer for eeonz...
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Post by Stix » 20 Feb 2018, 4:46 pm

And Daddybang, i found your thread on tanning--cant believe it was all the way back in Nov...

Oldbloke put a recepie up using Alum...ive googled it locally but nothing comes up--do you or anyone know where to buy it...??

OB says pool supplies, but i cant see it on Bunnings web site...
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Post by marksman » 20 Feb 2018, 4:50 pm

the bacteria on the skin will cause hair/fur slip if it gets on the hair/fur
salted and dried or folded up skin on skin and frozen will stop the bacteria
the re-hydration idea was from a tanning kit I had, in the instructions it said to soak the skin overnight if salted and dried out to re-hydrate
or if fresh just tan the bugger, really good little kit but I cant think of the name of it :unknown:
anyway It looks like a nice skin :thumbsup: I'm sure it will be fine :drinks:
the bacteria comes from the skin starting to rot
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Post by Daddybang » 20 Feb 2018, 4:59 pm

Pm sent :drinks:
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Post by Daddybang » 20 Feb 2018, 5:01 pm

marksman wrote:the bacteria on the skin will cause hair/fur slip if it gets on the hair/fur
salted and dried or folded up skin on skin and frozen will stop the bacteria
the re-hydration idea was from a tanning kit I had, in the instructions it said to soak the skin overnight if salted and dried out to re-hydrate
or if fresh just tan the bugger, really good little kit but I cant think of the name of it :unknown:
anyway It looks like a nice skin :thumbsup: I'm sure it will be fine :drinks:
the bacteria comes from the skin starting to rot


Hope ya didn't think I was baggin ya advice there marksman it was invaluable when I did the goat. :thumbsup: :drinks:
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Post by marksman » 20 Feb 2018, 5:08 pm

no way Daddybang, all's good cool as a cucumber :friends: :drinks: :thumbsup:
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Post by Oldbloke » 20 Feb 2018, 8:40 pm

Yeah, there is a alum and salt tanning solution. YouTube is your friend because it's bed time for me.
The alum can be ought at bunnings in the swimming pool section. It's a foculant. Hope I spelt that right.
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