Re: Tanning chemicals?
I have tanned hides using the Adirondack Outdoor chemicals and using the Alum and Baking Soda method (see the Foxfire books, I think volume 2?) The canned chemicals are a little easier, but the majority of the work is in preparing and finishing the pelt/hide. If you skimp on prep, the finished product will turn to s*** pretty soon. If you skimp on the finish, the finished product will look like s****.
For snake skins, I just use green antifreeze.