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Fox pelt Tanning Help Needed!

Doing some tanning on a few furs twice..I salted and folded skin,let dry over night flip inside and out...scraped salt off,rinsed salt off hide,this is where it went wrong..salt bath for 7 hours?I ruined a nice gray fox hide(Hair slip)So I read up on it and it one said 6 to 8 hours and now,I read should have been 15 mins just enough time so soften...What's your guys recipes for tanning foxs?
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Re: Fox pelt Tanning Help Needed!

34 views and no one can give any input? Very disappointed !
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Re: Fox pelt Tanning Help Needed!

Skin, salt asap.. fresh salt. roll up hair out two hrs . then shake off wet salt re salt. hang over night . nest day wash in salt bath rinse out blood etc .. place in pickle over night remove AND hang to drain, flesh if needed . back in pickle over night or untill the skin turns white all the way through . then into gallon water and neutralize acid with one tablespoon baking soda rinse towel dry brush on liguid tan oil. roll up over night skin to skin.
tan complete. as pelt is drying out stretch to break for softening its not hard but heres a few things . fox can go easy and before u even start bacteria can be present and will ruin your efforts contact mckensie or research manikins staff etc ask for staff taxi or look into their catalogs for the recipe .. good luck
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Re: Fox pelt Tanning Help Needed!

Thank you Dave....I think after the two saltings is where it all went wrong...too long in the salt picking bath...it was shame cause it was a great adult gray fox.
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Re: Fox pelt Tanning Help Needed!

Skin, flesh, and either salt or trapper dry it on a stretcher. Now you have a preserved pelt.

When ready to tan you have to soften back up. Ultra soft relaxer for your salted skins, or a salt brine solution for the trapper dried non salted pelts. Overnight in solution.

Remove and rinse well in clean water then into your acid pickling solution for 3 days. U clean good beforehand to keep your pickle bath clean. Monitor ph and keep at a 2. After 3 days remove and flesh again after the skin has plumped up, then back into pickle another day.

Rinse and neutralize like stated above for 30 mins to ph of 4 bc that's what most tanning baths require. Into the tanning bath for 18 hrs.

Rinse, dry some, oil and sweat, then break once it's almost dry.

Sounds like you mishandled your fox and left out too long or something.
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I also suggest you join a taxidermy forum and checkout the tanning section. Can read for days
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Re: Fox pelt Tanning Help Needed!

Thankyou both for the help..Rusty
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