Rabbit's feet have been considered to be lucky for hundreds of years, and if you would like to make your own, you will find it is much easier than you might think it is. Preserving your rabbit's foot can be done with materials that can be bought at any supermarket. If you would like a lucky rabbit's foot of your own, or if you want to give a little bit of luck to a friend, you'll find that curing a rabbit's foot is quite simple.
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Things you need
- Rabbit's foot
- Paper towels
- Large paper cup
Clean your rabbit's foot. Remove any debris that might be caught in the claws, and if there is any blood on the place where the foot has been severed from the body, gently wash it off with water before drying it with a paper towel.
Fill your paper cup with salt. You do not have to fill the cup up to the brim. You only need to have enough salt in the cup to cover the rabbit's foot.
Bury the rabbit's foot in the salt. The salt is going to desiccate the rabbit's foot and remove all the water from the item, allowing it to cure completely.
Set the cup on a sunny windowsill. This will further aid in the dessication process. Depending on the size of the rabbit's foot, it will take between three and six weeks to dry completely. In that time, you should leave the cup where it is.
Turn the rabbit's foot around in the salt every few days. This will ensure that the rabbit's foot dries evenly and that the fur on the foot will be thoroughly preserved.
Remove the rabbit's foot from the salt after the foot is thoroughly dried. Shaking the foot vigorously will remove all the salt from the foot and it will be ready to be capped with brass or strung on a leather cord.
Tips and warnings
- Borax can also be used to dry rabbit's feet.
- If you are short on salt, you will find that you can lay the rabbit's foot on a shallow dish and pour about half an inch of salt onto the dish, covering the foot. This method will take longer, but it will also dry the foot.
- Replace the salt if you find that it is getting too musty or if it becomes damp.
- Do not worry if you take the foot out too soon; it can always reburied in salt.
- Do not use a plastic cup. Paper cups will pull moisture away from the rabbit's foot while plastic cups will hold the moisture in.