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Offline Artus

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Has anybody ever tried to make fish leather?
« on: March 13, 2019, 11:33:13 am »
Hello guys!

I wanna try to make fish leather. Can anybody confirm marinating it with yolk and vegetable oil is enough? What was the process you followed?

Thanks

Offline aaron

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Re: Has anybody ever tried to make fish leather?
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2019, 12:51:35 pm »
Yes, I have done it. I'm not an expert. Fish skins are typically "bark tanned", not "brain tanned". When soaking in the tannin, you need to start with a weak solution and increase the concentration over time. Skins are often oiled as a final step. Fish skins are much more succeptable to breakdown via bacteria, so keep the whole process under 50 degrees F. Check out the book fish leather By Lotta Rhame. Basic process:

Skin fish when still fresh.
Flesh and scrape scales
soak in tannins
Work the skin until dry
oil
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Offline Artus

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Re: Has anybody ever tried to make fish leather?
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2019, 12:17:18 pm »
Thanks for your answer!

Can you please tell me how the tanning process is done?
Is it like cooking some oak bark, let that cool down and put the skins in? How long am I supposed to leave it there?

Thanks