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I have decided to try and cure a rabbit skin, dont know why, but i just thought i would like to give it a shot.
so, i went out and got a rabbit last night(excellent nights shooting) and skinned it, i have it nailed to a bit of wood and have covered it in salt.
there is a man who cures otters and the like, and he told me that this is the right thing to do, but i have read on the net about adding all different potions to the skin, but i dont know what is best.
he told me to leave the salt on for a few days then scrape the skin, add more salt and keep doing this till it is done, the add body lotion???.
problem is i dont have a clue, has anyone got any tips for me? i am very keen for this to work, if it does work i want to make a blanket or something out of lots of bunnies.
thanks for any advice guys
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A long time ago I used salt peter and alum
worked great and was like a sheet of paper when finished
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as above allways cured that way even faster in the sun
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There is a excellent article by John Bezzant in the march issue of the Airgunner showing how to cure rabbit pelts.
What are you going to do with the skins after they are cured???
Hi Mark, if this guy cures otter skins he knows what he's doing. Take his info and use it. Be carefull with scraping rabbit skin because its very thin, you'd be better trying it first time with squirrel, its a lot tougher. I've cured rabbit with its own brain mixed with bran, it made a very clean and sweet smelling skin, but you'd have to do some more research if you're wanting to make a blanket, to make it softer on the skin side... Hope this helps dude
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A mate of mine tanned a fox pelt for me after i had skinned it. I will ask him what tanning solution/process he used and get back to you.
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all your help is much apreciated, im not actually sure what im going to do with this skin, i am just wanting to see how it turns out, then i will decide what to do with it, any suggestions?
p.s. where would i get alum from?
This is a good thread and is something I'm interested in trying out myself. I'm going to make some furry conan the barbarian underpants with my rabbit skins with the head at the front and the tail at the back. I can hardly wait.
One of the airgun mags this month talked of air drying it and using the rabbit's brain rubbed on it to preserve it. Can't remember where I saw it though, sorry. It was definately John Bezzant though. Terr D may know?
One way to 'cure' rabbits is not to shoot them in the first place
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