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 Post subject: tanning small furbearers
PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 3:07 pm 
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I would like to tan at home small fur bearers such as : weasels, squirrels,muskrats and mink. Is there a tanning solution that will work for all the above and can be done in small quantities?

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 3:29 pm 
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Do you want them to look like the processed furs? Fewer chemicals if not.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 3:50 pm 
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Well, I would prefer that they end up supple enough to sew with.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 9:04 pm 
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dweiman wrote:
Well, I would prefer that they end up supple enough to sew with.

Not aware of any tanning process that will render a soft leather . Ending up with soft leather is called Breaking. That can / will very time consuming and hard work to get it done.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 8:41 pm 
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It seems like there is no easy way of tanning those smaller fur bearers at home, too bad since with some of the lower prices it could be a good option.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 11:12 pm 
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Small skins are easy to tan,go for it.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 2:35 am 
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Dave. I use the orange bottle for all thin skinned animals with very good success. DO NOT try using it for thick hides like beaver, coon or otter, you will get a tan but it is very hard. Thin skinned animals like coyote, fox and weasels tan up really nice and soft. The directions are on every bottle and nothing is required but salt. Try a few and you will fine tune your tanning. It works a lot better than a bottle costing $15 should.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2015 10:19 am 
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Sorry for the late reply, computer was down. Ryan, when you say orange bottle is that the one that Halford's shows. Do you have a name that is on the bottle?

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2015 10:39 am 
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Weasels and squirrels can be preserved with just alcohol. Skin, scrape ,wash and throw into alcohol for a couple hrs .

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 28, 2015 12:20 am 
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Thanks for the info guys I guess I better "get at her".
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 28, 2015 1:59 am 
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Yes Dave. The orange bottle called trappers hide tanning formula. You can do ALOT of home tanning with this stuff


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 28, 2015 5:09 pm 
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Thanks for the reply Ryan. Just curious are you sleeping with that wolf you purchased, bit expensive to let it go out of your sight!

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2015 4:04 pm 
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Hey guys. Concerning the orange bottle stuff. After it's tanned, do you need to smoke it so it will stay soft if it gets wet? Did a fox up and am thinking about making a hat. Would hate to sew it all up and find out I screwed up.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2015 11:19 pm 
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Fox and coyote tan super easy with that stuff and stay soft. If they get wet, simply dry them with a fan and give it a few rubs and tugs and it will soften right up again


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2015 12:29 pm 
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Thanks Ryan. Took a closer look at my fox and realized it's too small for a hat. Will have to do at least another one.


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