|Tanned Fish Skins|
The current workshops are so completely different, very few people have heard about it - before I tried it, I had no idea either!
We are preparing fish skins ready for tanning into leather - how unusual is that?
|Scales Being Removed|
The process is fascinating, we are using Scottish salmon fish skins, they have to have the scales removed, which I thought was a shame because the iridescence is quite eye-catching, but they have to go. The pattern of the scales is still seen on the skin after tanning. The tanning process involves a lot of washing in different levels of tanning agent and oil is involved at some point, but I haven't got that far yet.
Anyway, did you know that the idea for sequins came from fish scales?