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Post Number:#1  Unread postby Harelady » Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:00 pm


I am about to tan my first pelt. It in the freezer until I get all the supplies. But I am excited since it a pretty pelt off an adult broken NZ. I was hoping to use him for breeding but he came to me sneezing and snoting. I am using the EZ tan method I found mentioned on here. Will update once I get the supplies and start the process.

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Re: First pelt

Post Number:#2  Unread postby TeaTimeBunnies » Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:05 pm


Good luck!!! :good-luck: :good-luck: :good-luck:
I also have my first pelts in the freezer, I'm just waiting to get some more pelts to fill my pickle
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Re: First pelt

Post Number:#3  Unread postby Harelady » Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:29 am


Anyone know how long to keep a single pelt in the pickle for? It is off an 8 month old buck and in a salt pickle with Saftee acid. Has been in there 36 hours. Was hoping to do fleshing this afternoon at the two day mark. Does it need to stay in there three days or two?

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Post Number:#4  Unread postby KimitsuKouseki » Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:42 pm


Oh my!
I flesh after 3 to 12hour in the pickle and then pickle again 30 to 48h. If you pickle too long before fleshing, the fur will come off when you start working it. I've wasted a couple gorgeous giants thanks to that :(
After you've pickled a second time you hang it to dry a bit so the fur wont be falling off as easilly as when you're scraping.

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Re: First pelt

Post Number:#5  Unread postby Harelady » Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:46 pm


So I did the fleshing and it went okay. I did not lose any fur other than punching two holes in the pelt. It was harder to do than expected. However is there a way to hold a pelt for 24 after oiling and tanning so I can break it later? I am trying to get this done around my work schedule. So I might need to hold it about 16 hours between oiling and breaking.

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Post Number:#6  Unread postby KimitsuKouseki » Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:56 pm


if it's just the back pelt open flat, just fold it on a clothes hanger. If it's a full pelt with the head, hang it from the nose on the hook of a clothes hanger. In both cases you can just hang it in your shower.

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Re: First pelt

Post Number:#7  Unread postby Harelady » Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:09 pm


KimitsuKouseki wrote:if it's just the back pelt open flat, just fold it on a clothes hanger. If it's a full pelt with the head, hang it from the nose on the hook of a clothes hanger. In both cases you can just hang it in your shower.


But wouldn't it be dry after 16 hours? Don't you need to break it while it is drying? Can I freeze it while wet or wet it after it is dry? So I can break it then?

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Post Number:#8  Unread postby KimitsuKouseki » Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:16 am


Myself I break after 24h and rebreak every 24h until it dried completly. If you feel its too dry you can rewet it, but the point is to dry it. enough where the fibers will tear

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Re: First pelt

Post Number:#9  Unread postby GBov » Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:24 pm


I flesh hides fresh and green using scissors, if that helps? But then again, I follow that up by drying them to store until I get to them for processing so perhaps not so helpful?

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