...preserve rabbit skins??

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...preserve rabbit skins??

Post: #274340 doofaloofa
Sun May 26, 2013 12:06 pm

So, I have a big stack of dried rabbit skins that have been building up over the last few years

I'd like to make stuff from them, but as they are unpreserved I worry they will go bad

Does anyone have a good recipe for preserving theses furs?
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Re: ...preserve rabbit skins??

Post: #274346 vancheese
Sun May 26, 2013 4:57 pm

Ooh, I'm interested in this too :)

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Re: ...preserve rabbit skins??

Post: #274348 diggernotdreamer
Sun May 26, 2013 5:02 pm

Me too, not that I keep rabbits for meat, but I would like to see what you make from the pelts, I need photographs of your outfits, bet the Grizzly Adams look would catch on in down town Cork

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Re: ...preserve rabbit skins??

Post: #274350 doofaloofa
Sun May 26, 2013 5:07 pm

Well its slippers for every ones cristmas presents if I can get a decent recipe
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Post: #274351 doofaloofa
Sun May 26, 2013 5:13 pm

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Post: #274353 diggernotdreamer
Sun May 26, 2013 6:08 pm

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Re: ...preserve rabbit skins??

Post: #274366 daz101
Mon May 27, 2013 1:47 pm

Your all gonna love this then. I wanted to do this ever since I was a kid and it took me AGES to find a simple process that somebody else has documented here...
http://www.backcountrysurvival.co.uk/20 ... bit-skins/
Get aluminium potassium sulphate...
http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/?ie=UTF8&keyw ... nao83eij_e
Enjoy peeps!

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Re: ...preserve rabbit skins??

Post: #274369 doofaloofa
Mon May 27, 2013 4:10 pm

Nice one daz
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Re: ...preserve rabbit skins??

Post: #274385 gregorach
Tue May 28, 2013 9:46 am

You might want to investigate "brain tanning"...
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Re: ...preserve rabbit skins??

Post: #274391 doofaloofa
Tue May 28, 2013 11:55 am

ina wrote: die dümmsten Bauern haben die dicksten Kartoffeln

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Post: #274411 Skippy
Tue May 28, 2013 8:29 pm

I've done a rabbit skin in the past using oak chippings to cure it but it turned out as hard as a board but after that failure I then tried another fur using alum to cure it , scrapeing it and then rubbing sour cream into it to keep it soft and it worked a treat.


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Re: ...preserve rabbit skins??

Post: #275551 velacreations
Sun Jul 21, 2013 3:32 pm

we tan them using battery acid. I know it doesn't sound good, but it is actually very easy to do. Just soak them in the acid for a week, and then peal off the inner membrane, then soak again. it's just about the easiest way to preserve a hide.

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Re: ...preserve rabbit skins??

Post: #275556 doofaloofa
Sun Jul 21, 2013 4:22 pm

velacreations wrote:we tan them using battery acid. I know it doesn't sound good, but it is actually very easy to do. Just soak them in the acid for a week, and then peal off the inner membrane, then soak again. it's just about the easiest way to preserve a hide.


Does the acid remove the fur?
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Re: ...preserve rabbit skins??

Post: #275558 velacreations
Sun Jul 21, 2013 4:43 pm

no, it leaves the fur intact. Here's how we do it:
http://velacreations.com/food/animals/r ... hides.html

here's a photo of a finished hide:
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Re: ...preserve rabbit skins??

Post: #275560 doofaloofa
Sun Jul 21, 2013 6:40 pm

cool

I might give your method a try

Will dried pelts need any extra processing?
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