Saturday, December 20, 2008

rinsing, acidifying, membraning

The next step in the buckskin processing didn't deserve a photo. I rinsed it. I threw some vinegar in the water to neutralize the bucking solution (alkaline) and rinsed and rinsed and rinsed in clean water. Then I let it soak in a mild acid (vinegar) solution for a while. The next step was membraning. It is like graining, except easier to see and not as important. That is what I'm scraping off in the picture. Then I just let it dry. It is really tough, like rawhide. The deer hides are pretty strange looking right now. They dried in whatever position they were laying, in this case on top of some buckets. I'm letting it sit around until I have time for softening.

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