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Watch these FREE short tanning videos to gain an overview on some the various methods involved.
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Oil tanned fish leather
With basic ingredients you can find in most households, making Fish Leather is a great introduction to traditional tanning. Because fish skin is so thin, it tans quickly and easily providing you with the basic processes required for working with larger skins and hides later on..
Ever seen brown leather and wondered how they made it traditionally? Sometimes referred to as 'Veg Tanned' leather, Bark Tanned leather uses the tannin's from plant material (often from tree bark), to tan the hides giving it a rich brown colour...
Coming soon....Buckskin Tanning
Using brains and smoke, Buckskin Tanning is often related to First Nations/ Native American Indian peoples and is an incredible, lightweight and permeable fabric suitable to textiles that require breathing. Did you know that most animals have enough brains to tan their own hide?... Except for some people we know!
FUR SKIN TANNING
Making your own fur skins is very similar to Buckskin tanning without a lot of the hard work! Once you learn how to preserve a fur skin, the methods can be applied from small animals such as rodents all the way up to larger creatures such as sheep, goats, deer and even cattle hides. Taking anywhere from just a few days to a week, you'll have your very own fur skins in no time.
How to Make 'fat candles'
Did you know that you can make candles from the leftover fat of an animal? Commonly known as 'slush lamps', these candles are made using tallow (sheep/ cattle fat) or lard (pig fat). The wicks can be fashioned from twining inner bark fibers together to give the designed thickness suitable to the candle size. Do they smell? Only if you don't render the fat down enough, and you can always add essential oils to give it a nicer fragrance like lavender or our favourite Lemon Myrtle (native to Australia).
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