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Saving a fur/pelt

Post Number:#1  Unread postby dayna » Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:33 pm


So..

Lots of folks meet my buns and really love their colors and fur. I've had some requests for natural (no chemical) pelt saving.

I found a "recipe" that you basically skin the rabbit, cover with salt and let sit over night. Then you clean that off, cover in egg yolks and a wet towel and let sit over night, scrape, wash in soap, roll with a rolling pin for 5-10 minutes every hour till its soft and pliable, then smoke for 15-30 minutes.

Would this actually work? No battery acid, no lye, no caustic chemicals? No leaving outside for long periods of time?

I've put off doing furs because I don't like dealing with that sort of stuff. But the above? That would be easy for me.

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Re: Saving a fur/pelt

Post Number:#2  Unread postby Celice » Mon Mar 21, 2016 2:06 pm


you mean tan a pelt naturally? there are a couple of ways to do it one with egg and the other with the rabbits own brain. But I'd ask Zass she's much more successful about tanning them than I am :)

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Re: Saving a fur/pelt

Post Number:#3  Unread postby dayna » Sat Mar 26, 2016 1:05 am


yes

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Re: Saving a fur/pelt

Post Number:#4  Unread postby Zass » Sat Mar 26, 2016 2:36 am


I've made a few threads on the subject, including a comparison of some different ways to produce oiled rawhides, which is what you are describing.

alternative-tanning-comparison-t22338.html

I've also gone ahead and fleshed and broken a raw pelt with no oil. It came out much like the egg. Smelled of blood, and had no stretch.

I made some very nice hair-off leather, oiled with emulsified olive oil. I think, I need to try making on olive oil only pelt to compare to the brain, egg, and oil soap ones.

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Re: Saving a fur/pelt

Post Number:#5  Unread postby dayna » Sat Mar 26, 2016 3:07 pm


Zass wrote:I've made a few threads on the subject, including a comparison of some different ways to produce oiled rawhides, which is what you are describing.

alternative-tanning-comparison-t22338.html

I've also gone ahead and fleshed and broken a raw pelt with no oil. It came out much like the egg. Smelled of blood, and had no stretch.

I made some very nice hair-off leather, oiled with emulsified olive oil. I think, I need to try making on olive oil only pelt to compare to the brain, egg, and oil soap ones.


Thank you! That thread was exactly what I was looking for.

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Re: Saving a fur/pelt

Post Number:#6  Unread postby GBov » Sat Mar 26, 2016 6:46 pm


I NEVER use salt as it was soooo messy when I tried salting a hide. For preserving hides I either freeze or dry them. And for brain/oil/mayo tanning I always start from dried.

Its fun and, once smoked, the hides smell good enough to eat. :lol:

My next attempt at tanning is going to use my used tea leaves as step one and then the oil and breaking and smoking.

A rolling pin eh? Every hide I have done takes more work than that but it might work if you rolled it from every direction and both front and back.

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