While there are many tales floating around the Internet as to how a rabbit’s foot became a token of good luck, there is no denying that preserving a rabbit’s foot is a unique way to remember a hunt. Maybe it is a hunt with a special person in your life; perhaps you want to remember the very first rabbit you took. Either way, preserving a rabbit’s foot is an easy activity that takes minimal hands-on time.
How To Preserve A Rabbit’s Foot
You will need:
Back foot of a rabbit
70 per cent isopropyl rubbing alcohol
Using a bit of dish soap, wash the rabbit’s foot thoroughly to remove any dirt or blood. Be sure to rinse well to remove any soap. Place the cleaned foot into a jar and fill with 70 per cent rubbing alcohol. Cover and leave for 48 hours.
After the time has elapsed, remove the foot from the rubbing alcohol and rinse well under water. In another jar, mix together water and borax at a ratio of one tablespoon borax to 220 millilitres of water. Stir until the borax is dissolved. Make sure the rabbit foot is thoroughly submerged and leave for another 24 hours.
Remove the rabbit foot from the borax solution and rinse well – you will know it is rinsed well when you can no longer feel any grittiness from the borax. Squeeze out as much water as possible and leave to dry; a process that should take another day or two.
Once the rabbit foot is dried, you can make it into a key chain or just cover the exposed end of the foot – a bit of leather cord works well for this.
Hint: You can reuse the rubbing alcohol the next time you want to preserve feet. Just make sure you label the jar, so you don’t forget what you used it for.
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