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    Skin Preservation

    Hi All,

    I have managed to successfully preserve quite a few deer skins by defleshing and salting but I now need to permanently preserve them which im told can be done with Allum.

    Where can I buy Allum, in what form and how should I use it?

    Many thanks,

    Tim (Suffolk)

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    Any chemist. Don't bother use diesel and bicarbonated soda.

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    Old prescription for curing skins.
    1/2 lb saltpeter from chemist
    1/2 lb powdered alum from chemist
    Pumice stone from chemist, this is volcanic rock and was used for removing hard skin. I expect any similar hard skin block will work the same.
    Scrape off all fat. Cover inside of skin with thick layer of saltpeter and alum in equal parts. Rub well in. fold up and leave for a week. Repeat 3 times then rub well with pumice. Stretch and hang to dry slowly.

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    Diesel and bi-carb?? How and what do you do with that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by billh View Post
    Old prescription for curing skins.
    1/2 lb saltpeter from chemist
    1/2 lb powdered alum from chemist
    Pumice stone from chemist, this is volcanic rock and was used for removing hard skin. I expect any similar hard skin block will work the same.
    Scrape off all fat. Cover inside of skin with thick layer of saltpeter and alum in equal parts. Rub well in. fold up and leave for a week. Repeat 3 times then rub well with pumice. Stretch and hang to dry slowly.
    Can you buy saltpetre (Potassium nitrate) I thought you couldn't as its used to make gunpowder

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    ash from a wood fire?plus the brain of the animal in question,
    Last edited by AN DU RU FOX; 31-05-2014 at 20:46.
    DONT START

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim5 View Post
    Can you buy saltpetre (Potassium nitrate) I thought you couldn't as its used to make gunpowder
    It's also used to cure Bacon etc.

    Potassium Nitrate - 500g:Amazon.co.uk:Pet Supplies

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim5 View Post
    Diesel and bi-carb?? How and what do you do with that?

    Do a search on here, I posted a chapter from a very good book.

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    Be warned NONE of this is tanning it is curing and the skin will still rot if it gets moist or wet in the future.
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