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Do long hair rabbits make good skins?

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Do long hair rabbits make good skins?

Post Number:#1  Unread postby a7736100 » Sun Oct 06, 2013 3:08 pm


I wonder if they get tangled during and after tanning?

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Re: Do long hair rabbits make good skins?

Post Number:#2  Unread postby Secuono » Sun Oct 06, 2013 3:14 pm


Regular haired rabbit fur can also get matted....ruined a wonderful blue pelt....ugh. Very easy to get it matted, longer hair would be even more of a pain. Possible, though, since they make sheep wool throws out of sheep pelts.

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Post Number:#3  Unread postby skysthelimit » Sun Oct 06, 2013 6:59 pm


I wonder if they make them out of sheep that have wool that is less likely to felt?

I could see Angora wool just felting in the tanning solution.

I am going to cull some Jersey Woolies, and that thought had crossed my mind. I will pickle some and see what happens.
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Post Number:#4  Unread postby SarahMelisse » Sun Oct 06, 2013 8:37 pm


I've been wondering the same thing since I have some beautiful white French angora skins waiting for me in my freezer. Maybe if you don't cause too much agitation during the process?
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Post Number:#5  Unread postby PSFAngoras » Sun Oct 06, 2013 9:10 pm


I almost did once and then threw the hides away right before they went into solution in fear they'd mat. Half tempted to try again, but it looks like I might already have half of my latest litter of FA sold, so I might not get the chance.
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Post Number:#6  Unread postby Zass » Sun Oct 06, 2013 9:58 pm


I've tanned angora rabbits, they do just fine in the pickle and tanning solution, and make lovely pelts.

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Post Number:#7  Unread postby skysthelimit » Sun Oct 06, 2013 10:52 pm


Zass wrote:I've tanned angora rabbits, they do just fine in the pickle and tanning solution, and make lovely pelts.



Thanks. I have to cull the sneezing doe, and I am thinking she's make a good hat, as she has too much guard hair for me to enjoy spinning the wool.
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Post Number:#8  Unread postby PSFAngoras » Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:03 am


I wonder if guard hair to undercoat ratio has much to do with it? Mine are pretty heavy in the undercoat department.
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Post Number:#9  Unread postby Zass » Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:17 pm


Undercoat shouldn't be a problem at all.
tanning agents generally work from the flesh side. stir gently, don't overcrowd, you know the drill.

I don't use any kind of tumbler or agitation though.

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Post Number:#10  Unread postby PSFAngoras » Wed Oct 16, 2013 7:22 am


Neither do I, just a big ol' 5gal bucket and my hands!

Thank you, now I really have to try. 2/3 of this latest angora litter is unshowable colors (darn these recessive genetics, so fun to play wih when you get PROPER colors!) so I'm assuming half of them will be going into the freezer at some point. Will post pics here of the tanned hides when get them done, though it will be a while.
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Post Number:#11  Unread postby Cattle Cait » Wed Oct 16, 2013 11:51 am


skysthelimit wrote:
Zass wrote:I've tanned angora rabbits, they do just fine in the pickle and tanning solution, and make lovely pelts.



Thanks. I have to cull the sneezing doe, and I am thinking she's make a good hat, as she has too much guard hair for me to enjoy spinning the wool.


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Post Number:#12  Unread postby SarahMelisse » Mon Oct 28, 2013 11:19 pm


I have about ten pelts in my freezer ready to go, but I need to find the aluminum sulfate (I think that's what's it is... I don't have my recipe in front of me). Where do you guys order tanning supplies from?
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Post Number:#13  Unread postby PSFAngoras » Tue Oct 29, 2013 7:14 am


I use potassium alum, its what my fiber store offers to dye wool and it works wonders. I don't know if you could find it locally, but the store I go to is called Table Rock Llamas. They do have a website, though I can't remember if its a .com or a .org thing, so you'd be better off googling it. They charge $8 a pound, and then there would be tax and shipping, so you would probably only want to so that if you couldn't find it locally.
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Post Number:#14  Unread postby skysthelimit » Tue Oct 29, 2013 1:20 pm


I ordered mine from a garden website, I think it was ACE. Alum is used as a fertilizer.
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Post Number:#15  Unread postby PSFAngoras » Sat Dec 14, 2013 12:50 am


Well, I've got proof that it can be done!

The nasty chocolate doe that I culled was just at that perfect stage of molt where most of the undercoat had gone already everywhere but the skirt, and the guard hairs had already come back where she was done molting, so there wasn't as much as usual to risk matting.

The wool is still a bit greasy from working the hide, but it was all I had the energy to do tonight. Just finished it, and if y'all like I can try to get better pics tomorrow. The small coffee can is in there for size comparison. This girl was already the size of my 2 y.o. bucks at only six months old. Luckily, I told her breeder about what happened and she has more chocolate litters coming up. She offered one for free as a replacement, but I know it wasn't her fault and the care that goes into each animal, so I told her I'd be happy to trade my chin kit for another chocolate, instead of a freebie.
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