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Posted 25 December 2011 - 09:09 PM
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Posted 26 December 2011 - 10:53 AM
no. nope. and no. salting is the worst thing to do for fly tying hides. boraxing or sun drying is the preferred method. i would not put those hides anywhere near your other materials, just from personal experience. my 2 cents...
psssst! Don't let the tying materials (hides and bird skins) I have had for nearly 30 years that were dried using salt hear or read this! Don't want them to become instantly 'useless'!
If one uses salt, all one has to do is to shake/scrape it all off after the skin has dried. You should never put either borax or salt on the hair/feather side of a hide/skin, as it is extremely difficult to get out, short of washing it out. Any salt left behind will attract moisture, especially if you live in a humid locality. If you do wash the hide/skin to remove excess salt, simply place it between several sheets of newspaper to dry it. The newspaper is an excellent water absorber. No harm done!
Posted 26 December 2011 - 09:31 PM
Posted 28 December 2011 - 10:33 AM
Posted 28 December 2011 - 11:53 AM
You are correct; salt is hydrophilic, meaning it loves water, and will collect it from wherever it can, including the air when the humidity is high. This is why you should not store potatoes anywhere close to salt, as the salt will dehydrate them. However, as hair and feathers, except 'bloodfeathers', do not contain any moisture, none can be removed from them by salt, or any other drying agent. You are again correct that borax is best for bird skins, but salt will do the same thing.
Posted 28 December 2011 - 11:56 AM
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