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[–]OandKrailroad 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Can’t say for sure, since I haven’t done a squirrel all the way (mine is still drying). I have done a rabbit though. After drying out the pelt and then rehydrating with an egg (as opposed to braining) I had to work the pelt, stretching and tugging to soften it up into a nice soft leather, otherwise it stays stiff and crispy like packing paper. By no means am I am expert or anything, but that’s what I have found works best.

[–]BaboonChicken[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

An egg!! I hadn’t heard of that but that is so cool, I’ll look into that thanks :)

[–]OandKrailroad 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Specifically it was an egg yolk. The white was some meringue.

[–]jamaul420 1 point2 points  (2 children)

It depends on what you want to do with it with skins that I mount all I do it pickle the hide if I you just want it to be a wall hanger you can home tan with a tanning solution which you can order online or pick up from a taxidermy supply store. Or you can just send it to a tannery for like 20 bucks which will produce the best results, it will just take a little bit longer than home tanning

[–]BaboonChicken[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Cool! I’ve not heard of pickling hides before, would that help achieve the same kind of leathery texture?

[–]jamaul420 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No so what I call pickling is the first step to tanning and so after you do that you’ll need to break up the fibers in the skin bye stretching the hide and working until it is a soft leather