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Old 04-19-2018, 07:35 PM   #1
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Had a couple big snakes in the freezer so figured it was time to skin them out and do something with them. Iíve never done this so after a couple YouTube videos and articles I decided to combine a couple methods and give it a go...

First kill a couple big snakes




Second, skin them out. I cut a slit all the way down the center of the snake and they peeled off very easily.



Third and most time consuming - I fleshed them out as best I could. Using a large sharp spoon worked best for this over a knife.



Next I mixed an equal about of rubbing alcohol and glycerin 50/50 in a jar and mixed together. I put the skins in and shook the jar twice a day to make sure everything was staying mixed and all parts were submerged.



After 7 days I pulled the skins out and fleshed again for the pieces of meat I missed the first time, followed by a good rinsing of cold water.



I then painted a light coat of glycerin on the flesh side of the skins. After that I had my wife hold a stick while I stretched the skin and rolled them onto the stick. (Read this works just as well as pinning them to a board but wonít leave a bunch of little holes in them)

Now Iím going to let them sit with a fan on them a day or two to dry.




Iíll post pics in a few days when I unroll them. Havenít decided if Iím going to put them on a board or make something else. Would love to hear yíalls ideas. They sure are pretty! All in took me maybe two hours and cost 25 dollars so far.



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Old 04-19-2018, 08:31 PM   #2
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Those should turn out pretty cool. No ideas as far as what to do with em, but they will be cool
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Old 04-19-2018, 10:45 PM   #3
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Buddy used the snake skin to cover the skul of a buck mount. He first built up a smooth, rounded surface, then glued the diamondback skin to it.

I have used it as the background in a frame with big hog teeth glued on the snakeskin as well.
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Old 04-20-2018, 07:09 AM   #4
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Looks good, doing everything right!
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Old 04-20-2018, 07:24 AM   #5
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Old 04-20-2018, 07:27 AM   #6
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Nice job
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Old 04-20-2018, 07:29 AM   #7
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Nice work!
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Old 04-20-2018, 07:31 AM   #8
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In for the finished project...
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Old 04-20-2018, 07:48 AM   #9
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Old 04-20-2018, 08:15 AM   #10
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Looking awesome.
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Old 04-20-2018, 08:24 AM   #11
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Following. Hoping to try this


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Old 04-20-2018, 08:28 AM   #12
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Oh, cool, thanks for the write up. I need to do this. Where do I get glycerin?
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Old 04-20-2018, 08:39 AM   #13
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Those look great. I had a few picture frames made a few years back out of old barn wood and had rattler skin inlays. Turned out really nice.
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Old 04-20-2018, 09:04 AM   #14
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Oh, cool, thanks for the write up. I need to do this. Where do I get glycerin?
I got it at Wallmart. Can probably get on Amazon in bulk to save a little more.
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Old 04-20-2018, 09:25 AM   #15
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looks good so far
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Old 04-20-2018, 09:26 AM   #16
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Oh, cool, thanks for the write up. I need to do this. Where do I get glycerin?
Nicely done!

Also, drugstores like CVS in the makeup department
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Old 04-20-2018, 09:29 AM   #17
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Got the alcohol and glycerin just need to find some big rattlers, it's been awhile....









They are looking good keep us posted!
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Old 04-20-2018, 10:42 AM   #18
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Great job! They look great! One of the hunters on lease have covered knife sheaths and gun holsters. Can't wait to see the finale product.
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Old 04-20-2018, 07:35 PM   #19
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Old 04-20-2018, 07:43 PM   #20
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I don’t have a picture of it mounted on the bord but will get one tomorrow. I didn’t want to see any pins so I ended up stitching it onto the board. I drilled small holes under the overlap of the belly scales and ran fishing line through it. It lays out really flat and you can’t see the line at all as it lays under the scales. It just shy of 7’ without the head and 10.5” wide.
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Old 04-21-2018, 09:49 AM   #21
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I donít have a picture of it mounted on the bord but will get one tomorrow. I didnít want to see any pins so I ended up stitching it onto the board. I drilled small holes under the overlap of the belly scales and ran fishing line through it. It lays out really flat and you canít see the line at all as it lays under the scales. It just shy of 7í without the head and 10.5Ē wide.
NICE !!!!!
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Old 04-22-2018, 05:37 PM   #22
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I donít have a picture of it mounted on the bord but will get one tomorrow. I didnít want to see any pins so I ended up stitching it onto the board. I drilled small holes under the overlap of the belly scales and ran fishing line through it. It lays out really flat and you canít see the line at all as it lays under the scales. It just shy of 7í without the head and 10.5Ē wide.
Thatís awesome!
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Old 04-22-2018, 05:46 PM   #23
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Old 04-22-2018, 05:50 PM   #24
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Awesome!!!
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Old 04-23-2018, 02:17 PM   #25
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Betcha the wife loved seeing that jar on the kitchen counter everyday! Dilly Dilly!
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Old 04-23-2018, 04:02 PM   #26
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They turned out great. The stretching and rolling on a stick worked well. Leaning towards putting on a old fence picket and hanging in man cave but not 100%






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Old 04-23-2018, 04:34 PM   #27
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Your work looks great. Couple Qs.

1. How long did you let them sit outside the freezer before you worked on them? Would you do this differently next time?
2. What is a sharp spoon?
3. Why did you cut off the tails?
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Old 04-23-2018, 04:45 PM   #28
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[QUOTE=35remington;13332047]Your work looks great. Couple Qs.

1. How long did you let them sit outside the freezer before you worked on them? Would you do this differently next time?

One day, let them defrost in feed sack in backyard. Only thing I would do different is be very careful and get full tail off with rattler when skinning.

2. What is a sharp spoon?

Just a regular large metal spoon with a decent edge. I didnít sharpen mine or anything but took one of the wives new spoons thatís less then a year old. This worked great for fleshing over a knife for me.

3. Why did you cut off the tails?

When I was peeling the skin off the snake it ripped a little and tore not looking good. My own fault for rushing it - first tine skinning a whole snake and just rushed it not thinking they would tear since the body of the snake skin came off so easy
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Old 04-23-2018, 04:50 PM   #29
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Man that looks awesome
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Old 05-14-2018, 11:18 AM   #30
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Where did you get the glycerin?
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Old 05-14-2018, 11:22 AM   #31
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Like this?

https://www.amazon.com/Glycerin-Vege...words=glycerin
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Old 05-14-2018, 11:25 AM   #32
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Where did you get the glycerin?
I got Mine at Walmart, also sell at CVS and Walgreens. Can order in bulk online also. I used 4 bottles of this one...

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Humco-Gly...fl-oz/10417582
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Old 05-14-2018, 01:53 PM   #33
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Looks great. I did this a few years back just like you. The only thing is the skins turn yellow after a while.
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Old 05-14-2018, 01:57 PM   #34
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I got Mine at Walmart, also sell at CVS and Walgreens. Can order in bulk online also. I used 4 bottles of this one...

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Humco-Gly...fl-oz/10417582
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Old 05-14-2018, 02:17 PM   #35
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Looks good! Ive got 3-4 in the freezer i need to pull out and do this to.
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Old 05-14-2018, 02:34 PM   #36
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How many skins does it take to make a pair of size 12 boots?
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Old 05-16-2018, 10:09 AM   #37
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Old 05-27-2018, 09:29 PM   #38
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I do my skins the same way. I use a scissors to cut down the belly to the butt hole. At that point I cut off the meat,leaving the skin and the narrow end with the rattles attached. Then take a razor blade and continue splitting the skin up to the rattles, get as close to the rattles as you can get. work slow and carefully, to skin out this small section of meat.
Lay the skin out on a board, with the belly side up. The use a spoon to scrape the meat off. Most of the meat is just along the belly edge. Then what do different is. I buy 20 Mule Team Borax, you can find this in the grocery store in the cleaning supply section. I sprinkle this powder on small sections (5 or 6 inches) at a time. Then using a copper wire brush that looks like a tooth brush. Scrape the entire skin, this will remove any left over meat.
I then wash the entire skin in water. Some say to wash it, using Woolite. I'v done it like this before, but couldn't tell any difference.
After the washing I do just like James did , using the 50/50 glycerin and rubbing alcohol mix. Just let it soak for 5 to 7 days ( i'v left it in the solution for a month or two) won't hurt it. Just remember to give it a shake every now and then.
I have then mounted them on boards and given them away, but must of the shins I have just draped over a board. After several years some started to dry out and started to get stiff. I just put them back in the solution for a few days, and they were like new again.
I have found glycerin also at Hobby Lobby. I believe it is used to make soap. So look for it in this dept. At Wall Mart some times they keep it behind the drug counter. You might have to ask for it. I'm by no means an expert on doing these skins, just spend way too much time on You Tube.
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Old 07-26-2018, 09:10 PM   #39
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Following.... planning on a hunt next spring in South Texas and would love to shoot a rattler! I would love to make it into a wallet or a rifle sling.
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Old 08-12-2018, 05:34 AM   #40
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Those are some big snakes. Living in Michigan we don't have snakes that big or dangerous. When I get a section of rattle snake skin I use it on my wood arrows. I glue on a 3 or 4" section for the crest rather than paint, just below the feathers. I knap stone points and put them on my arrows so the snake skin is a nice touch to make the arrow look more primitive.
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Old 08-12-2018, 09:52 AM   #41
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I got maybe a 100 or so skins to get done from the past few years. Hope to get this going after hunting season.
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Old 08-12-2018, 10:30 AM   #42
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This is the best way I have found to do it also. You can even brush the glycerin on it after you have them mounted to keep them from drying out.
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Old 08-12-2018, 10:39 AM   #43
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Looks Kewl, tagged for the finished product
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