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#1 DoubleC

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 01:48 AM

I'm making a belt out of an English rein that was laced but part of it was broken. I would like to replace the lace with colored rawhide but don't wanna wear a board on my back Posted Image I bought a whole cows worth, got it for 40 bucks shipped free and when I go to that meeting Thursday I hope to have just about everything I have on made by me except my boots. I've been doing some round braiding with it (well until all this business help got started) and man it dries out fast and it's pretty darn stiff and rough. I know it's SUPPOSED to be, but I'd prefer this to just tandy lace or whatever. I soaked three small pieces and now have Vaseline on one (what I use on all my finished leather to soften and protect it), b ag balm on one (what I use on my finished leather when I run out of Vaseline) and the third, well vegetable oil, what else, LOL. No clue if any of this is going to work so if anyone has some ideas, please let me know. Thanks cheryl

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 02:13 AM

If you tan it then it will be softer.

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 02:43 AM

If you tan it then it will be softer.


LOL, I don't know what that means? I have never 'tanned' a hide so that's why I through veggie oil into the mix, sigh



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Posted 14 February 2012 - 08:01 AM

Dampen the leather, wait until it's almost dry, oil it, go out to the barn and run the flesh side over the steel blade of a shovel, back and forth, oil it and redo the process without the water dampening.
You'll need a shower when you're done or you haven't worked hard enough at breaking it.

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 08:20 AM

Dampen the leather, wait until it's almost dry, oil it, go out to the barn and run the flesh side over the steel blade of a shovel, back and forth, oil it and redo the process without the water dampening.
You'll need a shower when you're done or you haven't worked hard enough at breaking it.


This is it, worked it out last night somehow, LOL

Edited by DoubleC, 14 February 2012 - 09:01 AM.

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 04:59 PM

If you tan it then it will be softer.


Of couse, if you tan it, it will no longer be rawhide. It will be leather.

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 08:24 PM

Of couse, if you tan it, it will no longer be rawhide. It will be leather.


But she does not really want rawhide, she wants it to be soft...leather. I was sort of off the wall trying to coment that the problem is that she needs tanned leather for the project.

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 11:39 PM

No clue if any of this is going to work so if anyone has some ideas, please let me know. Thanks cheryl


Cheryl, . . . you know that I am about to bust a gut, . . . you asked a question that popped up an image in my mind from 55 years ago, . . . I never forgot, . . . always thought was funny, . . . and here we are, revisiting Geography class from Orange Elementary School.

We were taught there that the eskimos didn't tan the hides of the seals they killed, . . . or the polar bears, . . . or anything else.

Their women chewed the hides until they got soft.

I don't know if that is true, . . . and I'm sure not telling you to do it, . . . but I surely do thank you for bringing back an old memory that still makes an old geezer laugh.

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 11:50 PM

Cheryl, . . . you know that I am about to bust a gut, . . . you asked a question that popped up an image in my mind from 55 years ago, . . . I never forgot, . . . always thought was funny, . . . and here we are, revisiting Geography class from Orange Elementary School.

We were taught there that the eskimos didn't tan the hides of the seals they killed, . . . or the polar bears, . . . or anything else.

Their women chewed the hides until they got soft.

I don't know if that is true, . . . and I'm sure not telling you to do it, . . . but I surely do thank you for bringing back an old memory that still makes an old geezer laugh.

May God bless,
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I grew up in Alaska and we were taught the same thing. But then again, about 80% of what we were taught about the Eskimoes was a total fabrication. I bet way back, a long time ago someone did it once and it became what everyone did.

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 12:22 AM

I grew up in Alaska and we were taught the same thing. But then again, about 80% of what we were taught about the Eskimoes was a total fabrication. I bet way back, a long time ago someone did it once and it became what everyone did.


I actually knew a native of Alaska... she had the most beautiful hand made leather and fur parka. She said she chewed the hides herself. I believe she did.
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Posted 15 February 2012 - 12:46 AM

They also say that every animal has enough brains to tan its own hide.

Ever try that? It's nasty.....

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 01:14 AM

They also say that every animal has enough brains to tan its own hide.

Ever try that? It's nasty.....

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 03:03 AM

They also say that every animal has enough brains to tan its own hide.

Ever try that? It's nasty.....

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LOL Nope! I think I would rather do a Veg tan. I found a tutorial on how to veg tan with bark tea (tannin) a couple months back.
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Posted 15 February 2012 - 07:19 AM

LOL Nope! I think I would rather do a Veg tan. I found a tutorial on how to veg tan with bark tea (tannin) a couple months back.


I think that would be much preferable!

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 10:05 AM

Of couse, if you tan it, it will no longer be rawhide. It will be leather.

Posted Image Very good point, Cheryl

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