Fish Skin Leather
Fish Skin are easy to find, I went to a fish shop close to my house and they were happy to give me 6 wonderful salmon skins. I almost asked them to keep me more skins... but when I got outside, I was glad I didn't! It was really cold oustside, and by the time I finished my fingers were frozen!
Getting the rest of the flesh off is easy. Getting the scales off is so messy! The surface of the skin is rather fragile, but the scales were hard to get off, so at some places I went too hard and damaged the wonderful pattern of the skin, and at some places there was still scales on. I still had to go pretty hard.
I got most of the scales off and rinced the skins. They were soft and mince and really looked like snake skin. I got inside and followed instructions I found on youtube and put every thing in a warm bath with soap.
Some scales were still on the skins, and I had the intention to get them off while the fish skins were cleaned. BUT, once warmed off, they felt so fragile! I tried to get one out of my container, but I saw a cut (probably one I made by accident while getting the scales off) and got so scared I would rip everyting apart, so I dropped everything in my solutions and hoped for the best.
-3 Salmon skins -100ml glycerine-100ml ethanol 95%
-3 Salmon skins -100ml glycerine-100ml ethanol 95%-150ml rest of madder dye
-The biggest part of the job is to get the scales off the skin. Spend more energy on this since the begginning. -The fish skins become more fragile when in contact with warmth or with water.
The skins felt like they never completely dried. The were beautiful, but still smelled. When I tried to massage them, my hands became filled with oil and it didn't have much effect on the fish skins.