And on an even happier note: silver tabbies patch of fur is all done! Tanned, stretched and broken inbetween working the last two days, and it’s come out better than I could have hoped! :D
Two small stains from the car impact, but the texture of the tan feels the closest to professional leather than of all the pelts I have tanned so far. And all I did was skin, salt for 12 hrs, deflesh cleanly, tan for 72hrs, apply softening oil and allowed to dry slowly over the course of a couple of days, gently tugging and pulling to stretch it! Defleshing cleanly made a big difference (you can feel where I didn’t clean up to the edges) and the oil as well. But I’m wondering if the slow drying also was a factor….
Bottom left photo is to show how soft and supple the tan is (ignore my apparently super red hand, the camera colour balance weirded out on me).
And bottom right … well, he is a cat. So in typical cat fashion, he’s shedding fur everywhere >:C I exaggerate, it’s minimal shedding. I just need to give him a brush to get the loose hairs out ^^
But yes! I am very pleased with how the tan turned out, and happy to see his gorgeous mackerel silver tabby pattern