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Old mink furs - help! 
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Unread post Old mink furs - help!
I got a bag of leather and fur scraps from my boyfriend, that he had had lying for years. I only got around to looking at it now, and found four whole mink furs! I thought they could be used to decorate a headwrap or something, but they are stiff as cardboard.
Does anyone know what I can do to make them soft and flexible enough to use them for anything at all?

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Tue Jan 04, 2011 7:45 pm
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Unread post Re: Old mink furs - help!
never worked with or seen a mink :/

Furs generally should be pretty soft if they have been skinned correctly, all i can suggest is wikipedia or if there are any tannerys you can call , or email they might have suggestions for it. :)


Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:44 am
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I have a couple mink furs, but I didn't tan those so I can't offer advise on that particular type of skin. I have tanned a number of rabbit pelts, though, and I know that when you first complete the tanning and cleaning process, they dry VERY stiff. It takes a while to work some softness back into them. We would roll them, run them across the edge of a table, rub them between our hands, and things like that to soften them up. It also helps to put some leather conditioner on the back (being careful not to get it on the fur) and really work that into the leather.

If there might be a chance that the furs weren't tanned, then you might be stuck with "rawhide" that just isn't going to soften up no matter what you do.

Pam :-)

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Guess I'll try working them into shape, and hope that solves it :)

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