How to Tan a Squirrel Skin
If you have ever wanted to learn how to tan a squirrel skin, you have come to the right place. In this article, I’ll show you how to skin squirrels without the help of a professional tanner. Before you begin, it’s important to clean your squirrel thoroughly. Then, you should prepare the hide. After cleaning it, buy some metal tacks from a hardware store. You can stick these tacks into the hide and cover it for at least 3 days. After the three days, you can pull the hide away from the tacks. You should also know that you can break the hide by scraping the paste off.
You can prepare your own natural tanner for squirrel skin. There are a few different methods of tanning, but the most basic is the process known as salting. Salt helps to soften and set hair on the hide while preventing it from decay. Start by soaking the pelt in 5 cups of table salt or sea salt. Then, allow it to soak for at least 24 hours. The next day, scrape off the flesh and store the pelt in a sealed container.
After soaking the pelt in the solution, the next step is to wash it thoroughly. A plastic tub will work best. Use equal parts of vinegar and water, along with two pounds of salt per gallon. Add the pelt to the bucket, stirring it several times a day to avoid the skin from turning brown. After forty minutes, wash it thoroughly, pat dry, and wait for a few hours before applying any natural tanner.
Using non-iodized salt
If you are interested in preserving squirrel skin for future use, you can tan it with alum or non-iodized salt. To tan a squirrel’s skin, first rinse it thoroughly. You can use a knife to peel the squirrel skin; a sharp one is better than a dull one. Then, dry the squirrel skin and store it in a plastic container.
Ideally, you should use two pounds of non-iodized salt for every four gallons of water. You can also use alum, but non-iodized salt has less sodium carbonate and should be used. Once the salt has been applied to the hide, you should wait at least 24 hours before removing it. You can repeat the process as necessary, if you want to tan a different part of the animal.
Using a fleshing tool
There are several ways to tan a squirrel’s hide, but the most common is to soak it in a five-cup solution of table or sea salt. This solution will set the fur and prevent degeneration. Once the squirrel’s hide has been soaked, remove the flesh and store it in a tightly-sealed container. If you plan on using the skin later, you can re-salt it if needed.
A fleshing tool is a metal instrument that is designed to scrape the flesh from the animal’s hide. It’s made to break the membranes of the hide, leaving behind a white cast. This is an important step in the tanning process, since meat and connective tissue are not absorbent and therefore don’t tan well. This tool is available at many butchers.
Squirrels are a perfect example of tannable animal hides. First, you’ll need to clean and soften the hide. You can also stretch the skin to increase its size. For this process, you’ll need to prepare a saline solution, which is made from 5 cups of salt in 1 gallon of water. To prepare it, immerse the skin in the solution for 24 hours. Then, scrape off any excess salt.
Unlike a vegetable-tanned hide, chrome-tanned squirrel skin is also very soft and supple. This is because the chrome-tanning process does not produce a natural leather dye. Instead, chromium salts are used. Because chromium ions displace water, the resultant leather is softer and thinner than vegetable-tanned leather. To tan the skin, it’s usually placed in acidic drums or baths, and exposed to the chemical mixture.
Using a brain tanner
You can tan the fur of a squirrel using a brain tanner, but first, you must prepare the hide. A good way to prepare the hide is to soak it in a mild acid solution. After this, you must wash the hide to remove the hair and residue. Then, use a fleshing knife to scrape away the hair from the hide. Next, you need to remove the skin’s fat, membrane, and meat. Once this is done, you can apply the brain tanner to the hide.
A traditional method for tanning hides involves laying the skin over a burning fire. You can use paper clips or clothespins to hold the hide together. You can also use thread to sew the pelts temporarily. Once the pelt is ready, hang it from a tripod over a fire pit. The rotten wood that you burn in the fire should give off a lot of smoke. This will smoke the pelt, which will take about 40 to 60 minutes to finish.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.