Preserving feathered hides

Discussion in 'Hunting & Fishing' started by Seneschal, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. Seneschal

    Seneschal Crazy snake chick

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    Hey all,
    My uncle just sent me about seven or eight full ringneck pheasant pelts. I use them for garment and costume making. I can't use them in this condition though--the flesh has been scraped off of the inside of the skin and it has been treated with...something, which basically amounts to salting it for 3 weeks. However, I want to finish tanning it into leather, preserving the feathers. Does anyone know how to do this without damaging the feathers?
    Thanks,
    Sen
     

  2. Seneschal

    Seneschal Crazy snake chick

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    Those are interesting, and I'll probably look into the cornmeal thing, but for the most part the hides are already preserved and dried--I just need to finish the job of turning the skin into leather. I'm afraid to do anything until I figure out how to do that without ruining the feathers though.

    I did bookmark the site though, because it's interesting! Thanks!