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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-04-2012, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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tanning a display skin

i do some small taxidermy projects for myself and i use a wet tan to do shoulder mounts for deer and was wondering for a display skin of a fox or raccoon would using a wet tan work if after i wash the hide i add some softening oil to the hide then 'break' the hide almost like a rug?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-04-2012, 03:07 PM
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Re: tanning a display skin

It can work if you want to go through all the trouble to get a "not so good" result. For me, its way too much work and easier in the long run to send it to a tannery to get a far superior job.
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Re: tanning a display skin

I have been using HeadQuarters rub on tan ( the pickle required one) on foxes, then applying the white softening oil they also sell a couple hours later. I then follow the instructions they have for finishing. I have had great results on the foxes. Be sure and tumble them with some paint thinner added to the mix as your last step, this removes residual oil, and fluffs the fur up really nice. Just shake the sawdust/corn cob out real well. I get almost no shrinkage.

I wouldn't recommend for multiple customers if you run a large shop, due to the time involved, but it's fine for your couple of special personal furs, or if you have the time, for resale or making hats.
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Re: tanning a display skin

like i said just small stuff my own deer an some squirrels here and there just like doing it and help kill time an i find it kinda relaxing, im just now getting into the tanning part of the whole thing. i would like to try and do a display skin for myself and this year my brother started trapping and when he gets his first catch whould like to do one for him but a hat would be somethign to try also i had looked for coons skin ones but could never find any patterns

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