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I finally have had a more or less successful attempt at tanning a deer hide. But, I still have a few hard spots that did not soften.

Here is what I have done so far.
1. Scrapped flesh and soaked in water until all hair scrapped off.
2. Soaked in biz and water solution stirring every day for one week.
3. Spread out to dry, while pulling on it every now and then.
4. About 50% soft so I tumbled in a dryer with some wood dowels for a few hours.
5. About 90% is really soft and white looking, but what is hard will not easily stretch soft.

Right now I just put some straight biz on some of the bigger spots that are hard and am letting it soak in. I was thinking that maybe I should re-soak the hide into a new solution of water and biz, but I kindof hate to use another container of biz. I was thinking if I totally re-soak it in biz it would be a way of being sure that I miss no hard spots and it also seemed like it was easiest to pull the hide soft when it was drying after it soaked the first time.

What do you guys think? How do you normally get those last few hard spots (if you ever get them
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get some biz from the butcher and toss it in the blender with some water and hit LIQUEFY. let it run until it's smoooooth. should be the consistency of butter nearly melted or hand lotion. spread this onto and work into the hard spots. massage it in repeatedly and allow to soak in.

Not my trick...got it off the net and can't remember where. Search google for "brain tan hide"
 

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cow brain - bought at the local butcher, comes in small 1lb or 2 lb deli tubs. don't let your wife know what you put in the blender.
 

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johnny z said:
what is biz?
Biz stain fighter, the laundry detergent.

I once saw a guy by the name of Paul Stillman using it as a replacement for brains. If you look on the label of the biz it has enzymes that according to Mr. Stillman is similar to what is found in brains.


jayd4wg said:
cow brain - bought at the local butcher, comes in small 1lb or 2 lb deli tubs. don't let your wife know what you put in the blender.
In my case it would be my mother I would not get away with using real brains.

I tried massaging in lots of biz though how you said to for brains and I think it is starting to soften up the last few spots.
 

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nice...and here I was thinkin biz was slang for brainz. i stand corrected LOL. I'll stick to the real deal :shrug:
 
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