Ideas for things to make with tanned rabbit skins?

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  1. Ark

    Ark Well-Known Member

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    I just put 8 beautiful rabbit skins into the "pickle" (tanning solution).
    Most of them are black, but one is brown, one is pure white, and one is mostly white with some black. Cant wait to see how they turn out!

    What can I make with them IF they do turn out nice?? LOL
     
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    Wait for some more and then line a home made Capote style coat? Warmy warmness... 'Course, you're in Texas, so you don't need the kind of warmy warmness we need up here.
     

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    Oh I'd try to make some moccasins! I'm sure there are so many "how-to" videos on you tube if you looked it up.

    What do you use for your pickle?
     
  4. Ark

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    thanks Maggie!

    Bunny, I used sulfuric acid and salt because I read that if you use alum the finished product cant get wet.
     
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    After you finish your project of choice, you can use leftover strips of fur as "lures" on a string for cat toys.

    Have a good day!
     
  6. Ark

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    rabbitgeek, that is an idea that my daughter will love!! In fact, I bet she could make up some of those cat toys for Christmas gifts.... ah, now you've sold one of her problems. WHAT ON EARTH can she make for presents. :)
     
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    this girl I know asked to have some of my skins for tanning practice. she sews and knits, and wants to put rabbit fur strips around the tops of her boots and around the arm ends of her gloves, and around the hood on her coat.
     
  8. Ark

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    Robbvious, I'm thinking of at least lining some coat pockets with them - I know it doesnt get THAT cold here, but my daughter has lyme disease and has a fever every day so the cold feels extra extra cold to her. I could either line her coat pockets or make her some mittens...

    And lonelyfarmgirl, my sister knits so I bet she'd be thrilled to have some extras for use on gloves. Great idea, thanks!
     
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    pocket liners are an awesome idea! My hands are always freezing in the winter. I am getting ready to order some tanning stuff, and try my hand at it. If I dont soon, my husband is going to kill me. I bet I have 100 skins in the freezer.
     
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    when i was a young lad, my grandfather gave me a pair of leather gloves lined with rabbit fur. warmest things i ever had. i cant find any locally now adays......get creative, make some nice gloves and PM me. id be interested in a pair

    i would try something simple first...like a small throw pillow. perhaps just rabbit fur on one side. get your feet wet before starting something big and fancy.....rabbit products shed terribly, just remeber.
     
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    Send them to me, I'll take care of 'em for you:D
     
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    100 skins!!! Wow.
     
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    I went to the auto parts store to buy battery acid, got salt at the grocery store.

    So, you dont have to go to the trouble of ordering anything! Unless you are planning to use alum maybe? I dont know where to get that.

    And Dead Rabbit - the leather gloves had rabbit fur on the INSIDE? No wonder you havent been able to find any more. ;) That sounds extremely difficult to make. But WARM!

    BTW, when I threw my skins into the freezer, I just stuffed them into a grocery bag. I didnt know you were supposed to do it a certain way, remove the air from the bag, etc. So. We'll see if it harmed them any. The skin side has already turned white. I have been giving them a stir once or twice a day and I can't wait for the next step!

    I have about 8 escaped rabbits that have been enjoying a happy free range life, hopping about the farm. Now that it's cooler I havent seen any more rattlesnakes, thank goodness, so they have been safe. However, I plan to "catch" them soon with a .22 so I can have some more skins. Errrr, I mean some meat!! LOL. No seriously, I plan to can the meat from the next ones I butcher. I did that last time too and it made the most delicious soup!!
     
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    why would rabbit skin shed terribly? I have one here that a friend tanned for me. I keep it on the back of the computer chair. It gets leaned on, played with, dropped on the floor, etc, and it has never shed a hair.
     
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    Do rabbit skins shed terribly or not???? THAT is the question!
    I sure hope they don't..........
     
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    rabbits as a live animal shed terribly. back in the 80's the popular rabbit skin coats were notorious for shedding.....when i tried tanning, my skins shed, so i assumed this was the case. perhaps its all in the tanning method.
     
  17. Pat Lamar

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    Um... rabbits don't "shed"... they MOLT! Molting usually takes place anywhere from 1 to 3 times a year and lasts about 2 weeks each time, thereby getting rid of the "shedding" all at one time. Pelts that "shed" aren't PRIME pelts, which is why they "shed." Prime pelts do NOT come from fryer-aged rabbits. First prime is usually around 6 to 7 months of age, although there is sometimes a "junior prime" which occurs around 4 months of age (but still too old to qualify as a "fryer"). This is why GOOD garments using rabbit fur require ONLY "prime" pelts... so they WON'T shed. Fryer pelts are used only for crafts, like Barbie doll clothing trims... because they "shed."

    I hope this answers your questions about whether or not rabbits and rabbit pelts "shed."

    Pat Lamar

    P.S. Those rabbit fur jackets and coats that were popular back in the 80's were made in China and used the belly fur from fryer rabbit pelts. Did they shed? You bet they did! LOL
     
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    aaahhhh so its the age of the rabbit wearing the pelt....w/o this new found knowledge,,,i can go back to my wish list of having a bed comforter made outa rabbit fur. just gotta age them before slaughter...
     
  19. Pat Lamar

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    True... to a point. Don't forget... adult rabbits molt, so you don't want to catch it when it's preparing to molt, as it won't be a "prime" pelt, then. Of course, it's easier to tell a prime pelt after it's been removed from the rabbit by looking at the underside, but that doesn't help with a live rabbit, heheh. You will need to carefully examine the skin of the rabbit (blow on the fur). You'll be looking for dark blotches in the skin. A "prime" pelt will be all white or creamy colored skin. Dark blotches will mean NOT prime. The dark blotches are more noticeable on the underside of the pelt. And, of course, making sure there are no loose hairs, either.

    Pat Lamar