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    Rabbit Fur?

    I was wondering about rabbit/hare fur and how hard is it to prep?

    I am kinda keen on attempting to make one of those fluffy ball thing key chain things most girls have hanging off their bags (I like to stay somewhat girly) and thought it would be cool if i could use the fur off a hare/rabbit i have shot. But i am thinking this would be bloody hard to do.

    My partner said just pull of its tail and stuff that and bam fluffy key chain, But that's not quiet what i was looking for

    Is this impossible having never prepared skin/fur before, should i just flick it off to someone who knows what they are doing or give it a go?

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    @Dundee help our new member with a bit of tanning advice.
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    Just dry a tail, get two you'll have a pair of earrings in no time!!
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    You could skin it,fold it skin to skin then roll up and bung it in the freezer(at the bottom where its coldest) and when frozen drop it at your taxidermists to be tanned and turned into leather.
    A rabbit skin would be fairly cheap I imagine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maca49 View Post
    Just dry a tail, get two you'll have a pair of earrings in no time!!
    I was thinking more along the lines of rabbit feet for earrings, ya know keep it h=Hollywood style with the long heavy earrings. I will be the belle of the ball.
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    Yea, I have made a keyring with a back foot. Cut off on the lower ankle. Put on shelf for about a week, then drilled a small hole thru the ankle end, threaded a ring thru. gave it to my niece as a good luck charm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mehtat View Post
    I was thinking more along the lines of rabbit feet for earrings, ya know keep it h=Hollywood style with the long heavy earrings. I will be the belle of the ball.
    Fitting right in mehtat. Good on ya.
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    @mehtat

    Skin your rabbit

    Staple the skin to some board, ply cardboard what ever you have


    Make sure it's skin side out and do not stretch it beyond where it sits naturally.

    Then place it out of the sun in a dry place like your shed and leave it for about two or three weeks to air dry.

    Then you can cut it and stitch it to the shape you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P38 View Post
    @mehtat

    Skin your rabbit

    Staple the skin to some board, ply cardboard what ever you have


    Make sure it's skin side out and do not stretch it beyond where it sits naturally.

    Then place it out of the sun in a dry place like your shed and leave it for about two or three weeks to air dry.

    Then you can cut it and stitch it to the shape you want.

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    Cheers mate. I don't need to put salt or anything on it to help dry it out?

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    A mate of mine was making goat skin mats with baking soda and kerosene maybe. Defiantly baking soda though.

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    where i work i have access to 10% formalin and other chemicals used on animal tissue i wonder if that will do the trick haha kidding, but i think i will try that baking soda and hanging it up thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by mehtat View Post
    Cheers mate. I don't need to put salt or anything on it to help dry it out?
    Nope don't need to put nothing on it

    The skin will be air dried , not tanned

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    If the humidity down there is anything like we have had up here the last two months you have zero show of air drying a skin, it will putrefy or get blown.
    Search on here , there is a few threads on preserving/tanning skins.....at an absolute minimum you will have to salt the hell out of it with the weather we have been having.
    Baking soda and kero works to dry and preserve but doesnt actually turn it into "leather" as such...if you get it wet again it will go rotten.
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    We always used salt on rabbit skins to help dry them, but I am talking UK climate.
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    Look up alum and borax tanning.
    I got both products from mitre 10 for under $25.
    I've used this method on a couple of goat skins and they turned out nice and soft.
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