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Old 09-28-2008, 02:48 PM
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I have learned how to skin and clean a rabbit. but I want to keep the fur and so I want to learn how to tan the fur. Does anybody have any info on this?
Old 09-28-2008, 02:57 PM
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Leave the cute little bunnies alone.
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Here's a link for brain tanning.

http://www.mullerslanefarm.com/braintan.html

The bunnies need to be at least 16 weeks old for the hide to be thick enough to tan.
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Leave the cute little bunnies alone.
Can't do it. If I was supposed to leave them alone then they wouldn't be made out of meat.


I too wanted to learn this as I plan to have many bunnies once we move to our homestead. I can't see wasting anything you don't have to waste.

What do you plan to make with the furs? One of my thoughts (You decide how crazy it is) was to put the fur into a kit to make mittens. I figured I could put the pattern, sewing thread, awl, ect... and sell it as a kit for kids interested in crafts. (Ebay, Ebay, Bo-Beebay. Bannannafanna fo-feBAY...(forgot how this part goes....EBAY!) But I'd like to know what you intend to use your furs for, if you wouldn't mind sharing that here. I'm always open to other ideas.
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You can get purebred rabbits with specialized types of fur.

Or angoras, which are still meat rabbits.
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Well this bunnie will make you a full fluffy body suit if you dont get crushed to death by it.
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there are so many ways to tan fur... here is just one of many... freeze the hides until you have enough to tan... I keep them turned inside out.

Tanning rabbit hides


1. After dressing the rabbit, toss the raw hide (split down the belly, not cased) into a ziploc bag and put it into the freezer. Do not salt or dry out; don’t even have to flesh them either. When you have 4 or more, you’ll have enough to make it worth your while to tan.

2. Thaw out the frozen hides, run under warm water to remove ice. DO NOT put hides with a mild dish detergent to remove blood and dirt.

3. Rinse well and squeeze out excess water – DO NOT WRING THEM!!!

4. You will need: 1PLASTIC 5 GALLON BUCKET; 2 LBS. ROCK SALT(OR ANY CHEAP SALT);8OZ . BATTERY ACID; stick or wooden spoon for stirring; a scrubbed brick or rock.

5. Run 1 gallon of hot water into the bucket, add salt and stir to dissolve. Add 1 gallon of cool water (not cold). Water temp. should be about 70 degrees.

6. Slowly add acid by tipping the bucket toward you and allowing the acid to dribble down the inside into the water. Be careful not to splash liquid and srir carefully with a non-metallic spoon or stick till blended. You may want to wear rubber gloves for this.

7. Lower the completely thawed hides one at a time into the bucket. Submerge in liquid with the stick and slide brick or rock down the bucket upright and allow the rock or brick to settle on top to the hides. At this stage the acid is not strong enough to do any real damage to your skin but you don not want to splash it into your eyes!

8. Put a piece of plywood on top of the bucket and stash away in the garage or closet where no one will disturb it or get into it. Make sure that wherever you put it, it will stay at approx. 70 degrees. Too hot and the hides will be damaged, too cold and the tanning process will be delayed.

9. Leave the bucket alone for 1 week. Put your rubber gloves on then gently remove hides from the acid solution with the stick. Allow them to drip over the bucket then squeeze to remove excess liquid. Do not take to the sink. Run under cool water and add dish detergent to remove the remaining acid mixture. Rinse and squeeze out.

10. At this point the flesh on the underside of the hide should be thickened and somewhat separated from the hide. Grasp a piece on the edge and you should be able to simply peel the flesh off, often all in one piece. Be very careful with junior hides, as they tend to be very thin and easy to tear. If the flesh is very tight on the hide, it isn’t “prime” yet and should be returned to the acid solution for a few more days.

11. After fleshing, return the hides to the acid solution and leave for another week ( can be safely left for up to a year.

12. When you pull the hides out after a week swish them around in soapy water. You can spin in the dryer or rub them over a fence post to soften the hide.
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Well I was planning on collecting them and selling them or bartering them with someone who could use them. Or learn how to make a jacket. I really want to learn the tanning process cause I don't want to waste anything I don't need to once I start this. But anything can happen.
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Well I was planning on collecting them and selling them or bartering them with someone who could use them. Or learn how to make a jacket. I really want to learn the tanning process cause I don't want to waste anything I don't need to once I start this. But anything can happen.
I used them as boot lining once.
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Thank you very much for the info. I've read other sources but I've been wanting to get as much varying information as possible. Westbrook your post seems the most practical for a small home. Once again thank you very much.
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That sounds like it would be very comfortable on long hikes.
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That sounds like it would be very comfortable on long hikes.
They were WARM. I have American Silver Fox rabbits. I am also planning on tanning the hides, so appreciate your making the post. I think my first project is going to be hat lining with them. And I really like the mitten idea, above.
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Where can you get battery acid? What kind of acid is it? Muriatic?
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If I do this often enough and get enough furs I just may make a rabbit-fur quilt. I think that will go a long way.
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battery acid.. for cars, not many cars have those kinds of batteries any more.

I went to an auto store and asked there, they sent me to a place that carried it.

try a place that sells tractor batteries or an auto repair place and ask there.

I have reused the liquid in the bucked a couple of times before I dump it.

I have done goat hides, sheep skin as well as rabbit, raccoon, squirrel.
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What about skinning and using rat furs? If squirrels can be used, why not rats? Does anybody else have any info on this?
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rats? ewe! mink! possum!, but rat? their fur is awful small and not very pretty!

but sure why not! I guess.
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try this site for skinning , tanning and many other "lost" arts
very informitive from what I've found, covers brain tanning as well
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try this site for skinning , tanning and many other "lost" arts
very informitive from what I've found, covers brain tanning as well
What site???

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