03/01/08, 11:37 AM
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: NB, Canada
I used a home tanning kit the first time called "Tannit", which I believe was simply a combination of salt, alum and such.
For my second go-round however, I'm leaning towards a homemade receipe from my book, which is supposed to produce durable supple furs that can take hard wear and tear. This is it:
Make a paste made from:
One part washing soda (crystallized sodium carbonate) - Available in laundry section of many Supermarkets
Two parts salt
Four parts Alum
Mix with enough soft water to make a thick paste. Apply to the flesh side and leave for two or three days. Scrape off and apply a fresh coating. Repeat three more times, then rinse.
Wash out any remaining tanning solution by rinsing in a mixture made by dissolving one pound of borax in every gallon of water. Rinse the pelt for ten minutes, stirring, and working with your hands to make sure the borax water removes all tanning solution.
Then rinse again in several changes of clean, soft water.
Anyone tried this method?
I've always enjoyed handicrafts -toll painting, wood working and such... and I'm really looking forward to creating some fur projects. Here are some I'd like to try: scarves, hats, cushions, pillows, mittens, and in time, maybe a small blanket. I did make a lovely seat cover for my dh from a small beaver hide years ago. It turned out much nicer than the rabbit skins.