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Old 11-16-2012, 05:57 PM   #1
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Tanning fish skin.

Anyone know how to do it? I am the proud owner of a salmon skin wallet so I know it can be done. Shot a good ling yesterday and thought it would be a cool way to keep it around.
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:38 PM   #2
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Re: Tanning fish skin.

Google 'Monkeyface News". He has instructions for tanning Lingcod and cab skin using salt. Also some interesting,and esoteric, writing.
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Old 11-17-2012, 02:07 AM   #3
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Re: Tanning fish skin.

Thank you very much Chris. I went to school in the Bay Area and have experienced a bunch of the stuff he blogs about. Very interesting to say the least.
As an aside, how big was the ling in your avatar and how did you get it? Amazing fish!
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:04 PM   #4
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Re: Tanning fish skin.

Are you wanting to preserve that massive ling skin you got happen to find floating in the ocean?

I'm not sure about fish skins, but I know that a lot of small animal skins can be tanned relatively easily. I've tanned squirrel before and it wasn't that hard with the right ingredients. I'm curios now how well it would work with fish skins...

Make sure to report how your process goes!
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:24 PM   #5
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Re: Tanning fish skin.

I've used glycerin and denatured alcohol for snake skins w success.. They turned out to b really soft and easy to work with.. Not sure if it will work with fish though
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:32 PM   #6
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Re: Tanning fish skin.

Please take pics and keep us posted. Some fish skin is so beautiful it would be neat to keep
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:04 PM   #7
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Re: Tanning fish skin.

I jumped ship on the project. The guy who blogs about it at Monkeyface News told me that his method produces skin that is very stiff and not suited for much else other than book bindings. My window of time in which I had to do it closed.
I'd like to hear more from LoGiiCz about glycerin and denatured alcohol...
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:37 AM   #8
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Re: Tanning fish skin.

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I jumped ship on the project. The guy who blogs about it at Monkeyface News told me that his method produces skin that is very stiff and not suited for much else other than book bindings. My window of time in which I had to do it closed.
I'd like to hear more from LoGiiCz about glycerin and denatured alcohol...
It's only closed if you didn't freeze or salt the skin. Given your statement above though, I would say that you didn't...
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I jumped ship on the project. The guy who blogs about it at Monkeyface News told me that his method produces skin that is very stiff and not suited for much else other than book bindings. My window of time in which I had to do it closed.
I'd like to hear more from LoGiiCz about glycerin and denatured alcohol...
Add equal parts of the denatured alcohol and pure glycerin in a sealable jar that is deep enough to fully submerge a rolled skin. Seal the container tightly and allow it to soak for a few days. Some people will tell you to do it for three days but I suggest that you keep it in there for a week, replace the liquids in the jar, and keep it in there for an extra three days. Make sure to mix the solution once a day by shaking the jar gently. Make sure all of the skin is submerged when you are done.

After the soaking rinse the skin with warm water and gently scrape the inside of the skin to remove any loose membrane left (You might be able to skip this process with fish skin). After I suggest that you pin down the skin on a board and spread a thin layer of glycerin and leave it out to dry...
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Re: Tanning fish skin.

Cool. Any tips on where to source those ingredients?
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Cool. Any tips on where to source those ingredients?
You can get glycerin at any cvs (ask the pharmacist for a bottle) and the denatured alcohol can be found at any home depot or lowes..
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:41 AM   #12
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You can get glycerin at any cvs (ask the pharmacist for a bottle) and the denatured alcohol can be found at any home depot or lowes..
What kind of denatured alcohol? Ethanol, Methanol, Isopropyl? Does it matter what it is denatured with?
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Re: Tanning fish skin.

As far as I know all denatured alcohol is made out of ethanol + other additives to keep people from drinking it... This is what I used http://www.lowes.com/pd_206566-34228...hol&facetInfo=
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:53 PM   #14
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Re: Tanning fish skin.

Glycerin and alcohol doesn't tan skin. It may make it soft but it doesn't give any sort of tan. I've worked with lots of mammals and reptiles but never fish though....
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Re: Tanning fish skin.

I am thinking parrotfish skin or huachinango... Yellowtail???? I like this ideas. Pls dont let the thread die post results/ideas so i can start experimenting as well.
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