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Tiderunner

Dyeing BUcktails

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Many years ago I began dyeing my own bucktails. Living in CT. we get a generous harvest limit. 13 if you have all your tags. I only got 9 this season, but archery season is still open.

Having problems getting quality bucktails or the colors I needed I decided to go back to dyeing my own again after all these years, I remember brushing them out, scrubbing them, bleaching them. Then either salting the the tail or using borax to dry them.

What I don't remember is, if I skinned them out or not before dyeing. Can anyone here help me out with this? Skinning is not an issue for me, I can skin one out in minutes. But I don't remember if I have to do so.

Also, couple of color questions. I'm looking for a deep wine color dye, any suggestions where I can get the dye? Or buy a quality bucktail in wine color if I need to? Where can I find a color chart for Fly Dye? They offer lots of colors, but I can't find a color chart.

Where do you guys buy your dyes, and what if any other than  Fly Dye do you use?  It's been so long the last brand I used was Herters.

And finally what color is cerise? It means cherry in french, but what color does it come out to be?

 

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I cleaned and cured 195 this yr. First I wash them in hot water and dawn dish soap,then after deboning  I put them in a  solution of water and alum for two weeks,then rinse and staple them on cardboard to dry,they come out like store bought.I use a dye called veniard dye its for feathers and hair. I only dye black, orange,yellow, red.

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Yes, skin them out before dying. If you don't, the fat will leech out from the bone area, and the dye will not take as well.  I get my tails from a guy that deals in pelts. de bones, washes, lays out to dry in a room with heater. No salt.  I bought 450 tails last year. Keep them in the freezer until needed. ( buck a tail) 

I wash them again in Dawn, white lightning, and synthrapol. (spelling??). I don't tac them out to lay flat, doesn't matter to me. After dying them, (180 degrees), I rinse them, toss them into the washing machine in a pillow case to keep hair out of Wifey's machine, and do a spin cycle.  Clip them onto  a cloths hanger to dry.

If you do like them flat, do what is posted in previous post. I use Pylam dyes. 

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