for those who havent seen my work, im going to show you how to tan snake skin to use in craft projects, that can look amazing
Step 1: Tools and Supplies
1. scissors, or a knife (scissors are better for this trust me)
2. thumbtacks (plastic heads are nicer but the flat metal ones will work
3. Cork board a mildy large one, that your skin will fit on (or a large piece of plywood if thats easier, but cork is better)
4. small plywood sheets
5. dishrags, even ones, not torn up
6. heavy stuff, just used as weights, could be rocks for all i care
7. tanning solution, this is the hard one but here it is on amazon, its also sold in cabelas,
P.S. the one bottle is plenty for dozens of snakes
Step 2: Cuitting
Step 3: Prepping
Step 4: Pinning
first you need a large flat board, cork boards are nice if you have one, but a sheet of plywood can work fine.
lay your hide out with the outside of the snake facing down, take some thumbtacks and line the sides of the hide with them, stretching the hide, and be sure to keep the scales straight, the way it dries is the way it stays.
be extra careful to put lots more tacks on the tail section!
lay out the basic shape with maybe 10-20 tack then when the shape is good, add more and more tacks, see pictures below for an easier description.
Step 5: Dryin Your Snake
the time it takes will depend on ur climate im in the desert and can do this in an hour if i want, but overnight is usually best, you want it dry and crunchy but dont get it so brittle it will fall apart, and don't un-pin your hide, when the hide is dry brush the salt off into the dirt and take any chunks off
Step 6: Tanning Solution
let the hide soak it up over night, and if you like add some more and let it soak, but when you are satisfied get a wet rag and clean all of the extra solution off, its okay to get your hide wet, and it will get very flimsy and floppy.
Step 7: Pressing It
after the rags lay down some plywood sheets, and then weight it down as much as you can, the plywood distributes the weight so dont worry it you are using weird shaped weights like rocks or tools, just get it nice an heavy
*in case this isnt implied, leave the rattle outside of the plywood so it isnt crushed
*NOTE, when you take your hide out of this step the outside scales will fall off, dont worry about it, spend some time and peel them all off, snakes have different layers of them, it will not effect how it looks but if you leave them all on they will all fall off all over the place
Step 8: Caring for Your Hide
if they every start to dry up, using some regular lotion works great but the best moisturizer is glycerin, you can get it at most pharmacies for around 5 bucks