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lucyparadisepotions

  • Joined Sep 2015
Tannin sheepskin with k tan at home
« on: November 07, 2017, 08:41:19 pm »
Has anybody got experience of doing their own sheepskin at home with k tan brush on system from Snowdonia? I'm going to try it and looking for experiences good or bad and tips please.  :fc:
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devonlady

  • Joined Aug 2014
Re: Tannin sheepskin with k tan at home
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2017, 01:26:07 pm »
Where do you get k tan, Lucy?

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: Tannin sheepskin with k tan at home
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2017, 02:33:37 pm »
If anybody is interested it went very well and I now have two beautiful sheepskin rugs done by myself!

Sounds great!  How much work was it to do?
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Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: Tannin sheepskin with k tan at home
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2017, 04:06:47 pm »
Found it http://www.snowdoniasupplies.co.uk/cgi-bin/catalogue.pl?ref=tanningkits


Now to go and peruse.


I too would be interested to know if it's a young person's job ie needs untold energy, or if old fogeys can tackle it.


After a quick look, I see it's aimed at taxidermists.  Now I know where to get a kit for moleskins next time we have a cull.  Last time, rats ran off with the skins for their nests when I tried salting them  :rant: .   Would be good for bunnies too.


Thanks for drawing our attention to this Lucy.  Any pics of the process or finished skins?
« Last Edit: November 29, 2017, 04:12:19 pm by Fleecewife »
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SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
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Re: Tannin sheepskin with k tan at home
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2017, 04:59:50 pm »
THIS one does sheep and deer too, it says. £30 for enough for two sheep.  As I’m near enough Devonia to drive there, think I’ll stick with them.
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Steph Hen

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Angus Scotland.
Re: Tannin sheepskin with k tan at home
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2017, 10:37:35 pm »
Found it http://www.snowdoniasupplies.co.uk/cgi-bin/catalogue.pl?ref=tanningkits


 Last time, rats ran off with the skins for their nests when I tried salting them  :rant: .   

Thought it was just me - did some tanning solution on bunnies skins, might have been k tan (orange bottle) my land lady's dog ate them!

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: Tannin sheepskin with k tan at home
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2017, 12:06:47 am »
Found it http://www.snowdoniasupplies.co.uk/cgi-bin/catalogue.pl?ref=tanningkits


 Last time, rats ran off with the skins for their nests when I tried salting them  :rant: .   

Thought it was just me - did some tanning solution on bunnies skins, might have been k tan (orange bottle) my land lady's dog ate them!


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SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: Tannin sheepskin with k tan at home
« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2017, 11:30:39 pm »
Quick run through of procedure: pick up skins same day as killed from abattoir and cover generously with salt. Leave a week. Rinse off. Deflesh using a knife or fleshing blade. That bit took about an hour. Wash a few times. I did 3 washes  in sink and last one in washing machine on wool cycle. I used bio d wash liquid. Lay on a pallet and apply the kit solutions every 24 hours. That took about 5/6 days but quick to do each coat. Made a wooden frame 5x4ft and stitched skin to frame to stretch it. Leave to dry. When nearly dry start to work the skin. I rubbed it with a lawn edging tool. Then sand with coarse sand paper. Take off frame, trim edges. Brush wool which took a while. Finished!

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