Today I made a new alum tan/pickle as my previous one was unsuccessful; the skins didn't tan - they seemed to just be stuck in a suspended state of preservation. After asking a taxidermist I know for exact measurements he told me:
2 pounds salt
1 1/2 pounds alum
1 pound borax
All dissolved in hot water, and then left to cool.
Well, my mixture has been made, and I have stirring it every now and then to help all the powders dissolve before the water goes cool. Hopefully it will all dissolve and go cool by tonight, and I will then put the pelts back in. If this doesn't work, back to the white tan!
Apart from this, I haven't been working much on taxidermy things this week as I was at home the weekend and also have been working on commissioned artwork.
I have a new blog for my pagan and fantasy artwork here: http://foxtrailart.blogspot.co.uk/
I will be posting sketches, commission slots, tutorials, photos and all that good stuff on there! Be sure to follow if you are interested in that kind of artwork :)
Tomorrow I will be preparing some rats for a client, and also working on some mice for another client. They want them hanging dead for some owls, so that will be interesting! They are house mice by the look of it, I have only ever mounted their domestic counterparts so I am hoping I can pull them off.