Dec 26 2006

Skin Pouch Update

Published by at 6:42 pm under Animal Materials

For eight days I have had the skins in the water along with the alder bark. I checked upon the skins today and turned them, as parts were not totally submerged before. The skins show yet no signs of having soaked up any tannin, no change in colour whatsoever. I am beginning to think my solution is too weak. The ear skins are thinner than the leg hides, so I will probably take them out of the solution to dry if they show signs of changing colour in another week or so.

If I find time, I may add more bark to the solution at a point over the next days.


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3 Responses to “Skin Pouch Update”

  1. Mungoon 27 Dec 2006 at 3:42 pm

    This looks very interesting. About 15 years ago I trained and worked as a butcher, and took a lamb’s skin home with me once. I soaked it in brine for several days, but it never really took. I am interested in tanning a piece of leather, might try again sometime with a lamb’s skin.

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  2. torjusgaarenon 27 Dec 2006 at 5:19 pm

    What is brine?

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  3. Mungoon 28 Dec 2006 at 4:45 pm

    Ah, brine is a concentrated salt-water solution. I guess I used it to help preserve the coat. But I wonder if that would interfere with proper tanning.

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