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.