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    Default hide tanning at home and Aluminum Sulfate

    Who tans at home and where do I find Aluminum Sulfate. I've been reading a lot of internet info about tanning at home and the most popular way is to pickle and then use aluminum sulfate to tan and then oil it.

    Is there a place in anchorage that sells aluminum sulfate?

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    http://www.vandykestaxidermy.com/ I don,t know in Anch. But might find what your looking for here.

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    Default When I use to tan hides...

    I used ALUM which I bought from any pharmacy. That should be the same thing if I'm not mistaken

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    i just got some stuff from www.thetanneryinc.com/ that is a proprietary formula, with their oil, but i read their forum and it seems like it might be the right stuff. i think it is alum based, mix with flour and water to form a paste and cure the hide on a board. seems pretty simple, i will let you know how it turns out.
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    Default Guess I'll try alum

    Read a little about Alum and it is used in pickling, strenghtens the cell walls to make pickles crisp or something like that.

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    Thumbs up What I used to do...

    Get a big garbage can,Rubber, not metal. Warm up a couple of gallons of water and dissolve two court jars of alum in it. Get 10 to 15 lbs of salt and mix into water also. Put your hide in that and then add more water to cover. Take a brick and weight down the hide cause it will want to float. Move hide around every couple of days. In about three weeks it should be done. You can see the color of the skin change from translucent to white. when it is all white, it is ready to be stretched and scrapped. Good luck

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    Where do you get the alum?

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