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Johnny Thorpe's Indian Tan


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Johnny Thorpe's Indian Tan

One package of this concentrate makes three gallons of tanning "liquor" which can be used again and again. When used as per the instructions produces a soft, tough, Indian style tan. Tans all types of furs up to mountain lion and wolf. (Not recommended for large deer, bear etc.) Instructions included.

For the best possible results-here are some things that you should know: Bacterial growth, which promoted fur slippage, begins almost immediately upon an animals death. To assure the least possible amount of decomposition all animals should be skinned and fleshed as soon as possible. Extra care should be taken to remove all excess meat. The best tanning job is assured if performed on fresh green pelts as opposed to softening up a pelt which has been stretched and dried as penetration of the tanning solution will occur easier and faster.

Green Pelt Preparation: After skinning, remove all meat and fat from pelt. Wipe greasy hides such as coon, skunk, opossum, etc. with a paint thinner until clean. Apply common table salt to pelt, rub in well and leave for 24 hours in a cool location. Shake out salt and place pelt in the tanning solution and follow the tanning instructions.

Dried Pelt Preparation: To prepare dried pelts for tanning remove all fat and wipe the pelt with paint thinner. Break up as much as possible by twisting and wringing by hand, taking care not to tear thin pelts like rabbit, red fox, etc. Place the pelt in the tanning liquor and follow the tanning instructions.

CAUTION: Wear rubber gloves and some sort of eye protection as compound can cause skin and eye irritation.

Tanning Instructions: All tanning procedures should be performed at room temperature to assure the best results. To make the tanning "liquor" add one pack of Indian Tan to three gallons of hot water in a clean 5 or 6 gallon plastic bucket. Stir well and then ALLOW TO COOL TO ROOM TEMPERATURE.

Place pelt to be tanned in tanning liquor and allow to remain for 12 hours for furs such as rabbit, fox, bobcat, mink, muskrat, opossum, etc. stirring every few hours. Heavy pelts such as coyote, raccoon, beaver, otter, etc. require 24 hours. Dried pelts may require more time in the tanning liquor than green pelts.

Remove pelt and turn fur side out, wring out and dry fur with a fan before placing on a wire fur form (flesh side out). When pelt is half dry, remove from form and "break up" to make it soft. Light pelts (fox, rabbit, opossum, muskrat, etc.) can be broken up by twisting and wringing out by hand and by tumbling in a dryer on the lowest setting. Heavy hides such as beaver, coon, coyote, otter, etc. are best worked on a wooden beam with a dull fleshing knife.

The more time you put into working the pelt, the softer the finished product. Turn fur side out and replace on wire form until dry. "Open" furs such as beaver or furs to be made into rugs, should be stretched on plywood when half dry and worked with a dull knife.

Indian Tan is not recommended for heavy hides such as deer, cow, bear, etc. The tanning liquor can be used over and over until in becomes dirty.

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