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Uncle Harley
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« on: October 16, 2010, 12:23:35 AM »

I got a fox in that was road kill and the inner ear slipped completly and the black tips slipped on the backside as well. I would normally repair the skin prior to mounting but didn't have time because the whole thing was slipping and it's been my experience that when this happens you want to get it on a form and don't touch it untill it dries so that is what I did.   I purchased a fox face off e-bay that was dry tanned and went to work on the repair.   I cut the ears off the replacement skin and peeled the skin off the back of the cartilage and then carefully removed the inner skin.   I layed the inner skin on the inside of the ear and will blend the seam in the inner ear canal when it dries.  Since I have never repaired a fox ear this way and was basically winging it as I went  at this point it looked like it was going to work well and I though Oh crap this would make a good tutorial so I grabbed my cell and started snapping photos for the repair on the back side of the ear as I went.   So here we go.


On the back side I carefully removed the slipped skin off of the bondo ear.  ( remember George always said bondo isn't an adheasive) and where the good skin was I carefully lifted it off the edge so I could tuck the repair that will be shown later.



next I trimmed the repair skin slightly larger longer than the repair because I didn't want to tuck too much and create a bulge just wanted enough extra to hide the seam



Next step was to use good hide paste in this case roman 555  don't worry about getting on the edge of the hair as you can wipe it off with a damp rag after placed and anything left will pick out.



this is wear I tucked the edge.



and here is the final repair



Here is the over view of the entire mount,   for what the customer brought me and expected me to work miricals on,  I will take it and I hope he will to.





It literally took me longer to upload these pics and write this out than it did for this repair on both ears.   I hope this may help someone because I had a few sleepless nights trying to work out in my head how I was going to do this.



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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2010, 07:00:09 PM »

Good save! ;)
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« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2010, 09:44:21 PM »

awesome save!
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« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2010, 03:57:01 PM »

Good stuff Harley!
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« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2010, 12:30:16 AM »

Good job! :) And I see you get your salt the way I do :D ;D ;)
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« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2010, 08:55:39 AM »

Good job! :) And I see you get your salt the way I do :D ;D ;)

It's a 30 min ride to the feed store in the next town  over  to buy in bulk,  I just picked up a couple boxes to hold me over untill I went that direction for something other than salt.
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« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2010, 11:23:06 AM »

Has this moved to the official list yet Harley?
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« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2010, 11:49:45 AM »

I don't think so ???   
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« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2010, 01:48:01 PM »

I sent a request but didn't check for follow through.
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« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2010, 08:46:59 PM »

ah well thank you!
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« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2013, 10:16:37 AM »

 Just used this tutorial to replace the back side of a bear ear rug.  Took me longer to find the paperclips to hold the skin in place while it dries. Was also lucky to have found a donor bear ear.

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« Reply #11 on: December 17, 2013, 02:10:37 PM »

Salt buy tip. I buy Farmer's salt at the local Tractor Supply Store.
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