Step 4: Salt the hide to properly dry

Add a good amount of non-iodized salt to the hide. Be sure to liberally salt the edges and any folds in the skin. Work the salt into the head and tail. Any unsalted spot is unprotected. You should repeat this after the first application of salt becomes saturated with moisture, usually in two to three days. The curing lasts about ten to fourteen days. With a smaller animal like this (if you prefer) you can simply tack it down and let it dry if you have properly prepared it (i.e. scrapped, cut off any excess, no folds in skin).

<p>Can I just salt my skin then hang it up on my wall? Or will it decay if I don't put it in alcohol? </p>
<p>you can remove the tail without cutting it... just use 2 stout sticks at the top of the tail, 1 on either side of the bone,hold the ends together and pull like heck</p><p>It may take two people but it works... I've tried it on foxes before. </p><p>BTW Thanks for the instructable </p>
<p>im tryna do this with my recently deceased hamster</p>
<p>Followed your directions up to putting the pelt into the mason jar. Just waiting the requisite 24 hrs for the final result!</p>
<p>Great results -- I used mink oil since I had it on hand.</p>
<p>will isopropyl alcohol work at the curing stage... which oil works best for softening the pelt.</p>
I have personally gotten the tails out of gray squirrels by pulling them while holding the skin a few inches up from the tail. usually works well. most times you end up with and inside out tail.
<p>when skinning, make a few slices downward at the base of the tail, Not across the tail or tendons will break making it harder to get bone out. Pull the hide away from the hips, put your fingers around the base of the tail, and your other hand holding the tip of the tail, pull hard at the base and the bone will slip out, still attached to spine.</p>
Can I use rubbing alcohol
hey there, i was just wondering: my rabbit skins always seem to get really dry and brittle, and they tear quite easily.... do you think putting the dry fur into the alcohol, then putting neats foot oil on it will help, or should i change my curing process?
<p>Definitely use some sort of oil like neat's foot or lanolin, you will also need to tan the hides with smoke, black tea, or a synthetic tanning solution. Tanning will keep the hide from deteriorating as fast and helps keep bugs and parasites out. Synthetic tans usually come in powder form. I use EZ- TAN, it goes a long way. If the hair is coming out of your hides at all, you can try a product called stop rot, which kills the bacteria responsible and it won't burn you or mess with tanning chemicals.</p>
Is your current curing process this Instructable or a different process?
does it make the pelt flexible and soft or does it make it hard and unflexible? and does it remove the hair?
<p>To make the hide flexible, you would have to &quot;break&quot; it by pulling it over a corner of a log to soften the fibers in the skin. This should be done while it's drying but not completely dry.</p>
can i inject the animal with formalin instead of skinning it
<p>Not really suggested... Unless you want to go through the trouble of stabilizing it and keep it in a jar forever</p>
Does wood ash make a suitable substitute for salt, brain for alcohol, and extensive movement for Neatsfoot oil?
<p>Wood ash might cause the fur to slip, one of the mixtures used for removing hair from thicker hides involves ash. You will need some sort of disinfecting agent like battery acid, isopropyl alcohol, or vinegar to kill the bacteria and keep bacteria from affecting the hair follicles. Brain would have to be mixed with warm water (not hot) in equal parts and blended into a paste, and applied AFTER pickling the hide in the vinegar or alcohol. After smearing the brains on and breaking the hide once it dries, you would use smoke to actually tan the hide. You probably wouldn't need the oil to soften it, and too much oil will make the hide greasy.</p>
So can I do this and at a later date tan the hide or is it more of a this or tan. This is my first time skinning a animal andni want to tan it at a later date but just dont want to ruin it.
<p>Yep, these are the first few steps to the tanning process. After the alcohol soak, you can rinse it really well in cold water, then dry it and store it or smoke it for a few hours with hardwood smoke like from oak. I'm going to try using tea instead of smoking.</p>
So can I do this and at a later date tan the hide or is it more of a this or tan. This is my first time skinning a animal andni want to tan it at a later date but just dont want to ruin it.
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Thankyou for the info. I am an animal lover and personally only take pictures of most wildlife except troublesome rodents. We as a family do eat wild game and raise our own domestic animals for meat. I think the real images are most helpful if you plan on trying this you won't be using a dummy.
How many days do you actually salt for? It says could take up to 10-14 days. *This is my first try and I dont want to mess it up too badly* Do I salt until it's moist (&amp; thats takes 2-3 days?) then i repeat until... no more moisture comes out? <br>BTW thank you for posting this!
What kind of knife is that?
I'm kevin from china, we mainly import a batch of tanned rabbit fur all around the year. who can supply these animail pelts, please contact me by my email - gkfence@gmail.com
its horrible <br>
Thanks for these tips. I want to go to an <a href="http://stfrancis24hr.com/" rel="nofollow">animal hospital in Vancouver</a> and buy some deceased animals for the skins to make wallets. Thanks a lot.
Would this also work for a fox pelt?
u get all the flesh and fat off it and salt good for 2/3 day the u can get the brain out of the animal mash it up then add 1/2 cups of water then rub it in it call brain tanning . ever animal has anough brain to tan its on hide beide bufflo
&nbsp;couldn't you just pull the bone out lengthwise
i think that connective tissue would hold on to it. now i have seen a way to skin a squirrel with an air compressor, and maybe you could put some air down in the tail.
what else can be used if the neatsfoot oil is not available? I don't usually use saddle soap... would a good lanolin lotion work?<br>
You cannot leave that deer in the freezer for too long. If you do it will get freezer burned and the hair will fall out and the hide will disintegrate much faster than a fresh hide, even after it has been cured.
how long do you soak it for?
Hey, would this work for skinning a cat?
great idea man! im gonna start skinnin, all of our cats that get hit
how did the geer pelt go using this method?
can you use regular salt idkk were to get uniodizzed
Any salt is fine, unionised is just cheaper. You can buy it at animal feed stores and co ops.
canning salt works. you can get that at walmart or grocery store
Does anyone know a local market for rabbit pelts...Montpelier VT... phillip.heinz@gmail.com
&nbsp;Talk with people at your local sporting goods store, usually people make a round every few weeks buying pelts, you just need to know when and where they are.
can i do that with a deer pelt
&nbsp;i dont see why not, just got A LOT of salt :)
this came from <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aces.nmsu.edu/pubs/_l/l-103.pdf">http://aces.nmsu.edu/pubs/_l/l-103.pdf</a> <br/>
iheart7s,<br /> Yes, it mostly did. I aggregated it because I could not find it anywhere. Good catch and props to nmsu.edu.<br /> r/<br /> cemetz<br />
it was a lucky draw on google... i'd been looking for a way to do this so thanks for being awesome and posting it for all!&nbsp; I &lt;3 U!<br />
Im pellet gun hunting squirrels, but anyway so I skin it get the fat off with salt then scrape off the salt and its permanently good right?? or wrong?? And I dont have the need or hope to tan them.
Luke,<br /> Skin it then do a very good job scraping it. After salting/curing making it pliable is a manual process. Look up how the Indians did it with a sharp corner. Tanning makes it soft but a decent job can be done with elbow grease.<br />

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