I just can't sleep tonight, so went back to the basement and started to play with wires, thinking about wrapping squirrels bodies and that I don't like the fact that when you buy forms, you're limited from choosing your exact pose without minor and sometimes major alterations. And also to save a bit of $$$ as I am just starting
. I have not seen it yet but it might be an old taxidermist idea that is been refreshed
. I'd like to make the pose I want so after a couple of hours of having fun, the end product is not bad.
Don't know if it is worth putting in the tutorial section because ... well, as I say, I am noob in taxidermy so here it goes:
I start by measuring the squirrel, tracing, and taking note of the emplacement of the shoulder, where they connect to the spine and bassin, also taking note of the legs and arms lenght.
Then, I take some wire, strong enough for a squirrel but easy to bend because it will be for making the bones and attach them together by making loops.
As you see in the picture, I use the loops in the wire to join the legs and arms bones to the hip and back shoulders. Each bone have a loop so when you choose your pose, the legs and arms bend at the right place.
Now, I put a bit of tape on the wire for the cotton to grip to the wire and to make sure it wont slip on it. I had duct tape but masking tape will do good. I now use thread and wrap cotton on the whole spine , arms and legs making sure to let a bit of play in the articulation so it will conserve its flexibility.
Last week or so, I carved some squirrel heads from foam and I plan on using them on these forms, once finished.
A couple of poses while playing. It is infinite, you can make whatever pose you want and always keep a good anatomy as you move a leg or arm for the pose. It bends where it should
A dead squirrel pose
What I like about it is it can easily be adapted to any habitat, you make with the pose you choose
Another one with a worried squirrel standing loll
Well, that's it for tonight, it's now past 2 in the morning, good night every one. I will try to continue this "tutorial" sometimes this week or next weekend by adding some muscle to the "squeletton" .
Unless I can't sleep again tomorrow night