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Homemade tanning solution #7419128
12/01/21 07:11 AM
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Good morning!
So I'm fairly new to the tanning field. I've done 4 buckskin and realize I like the eggs better than using the brain for softening. I just shot a little doe during our gun hunt here in Wisconsin. I want to try hair on preservation. So far I've salted it and will be scraping that tonight. I've read some things about putting it in alum for about a week or so but my question is, does anyone know a good homemade softening solution? I like to utilize the old (cheap, easy) ways of doing my leather work. I pride myself on using what's available around me. So any advice would be much appreciated.
Thanks

Re: Homemade tanning solution [Re: Taren] #7419131
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Softening comes from manually working the hide.

Re: Homemade tanning solution [Re: M.Magis] #7419392
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Originally Posted by M.Magis
Softening comes from manually working the hide.


Yep hard work makes soft skins, I am sure the commercial tannerys do a lot of it mechanically but unless you want to put up some big bucks for it , you need to put some time and sweat into it

I really do wish there was an easy way but it is what it is





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Re: Homemade tanning solution [Re: Taren] #7419409
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Im breaking a doe skin right now. Old school.
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Found a handy rock. I push the edge of the rock against the hide and push away from myself. From the backbone outward.
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I find this method easier than holding the hide and moving it along an edge, with hair-on deer hides


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Re: Homemade tanning solution [Re: Taren] #7419413
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Two of my favorite rocks for breaking deer hides.
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I don't mean to hijack this thread but wanted to ask about membrane on the skin. I was able to clean 90% of the hide really well over the beam. Near the front shoulders/neck there is still some membrane that I cannot get with the beam/knife. I was going to string the hide on a drying rack and salt to make sure the hair sets well -- I am concerned with slippage. It has been a while but I think someone recommended sanding the membrane off with sandpaper once the hide is dry. If this is the case, what grit of sandpaper would be good? I think someone also recommending putting cornstarch down while sanding to keep the sandpaper from getting gummed up. Any info on the best way to remove the membrane is appreciated.

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Thanks for reminding me - Best post ever!!!

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