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« on: May 16, 2008, 03:14:51 PM »

Last season I had a customer bring in his buck he took in Saskatchewan, Canada. It was hands-down the largest buck that had ever come in my shop. Not only is the neck large (25" behind the ears) but the mass on the main beams of the antlers is fantastic, and the brow tines look like butter knives! Definitely a unique deer! I was so glad he chose a nice wall pedestal to show off his deer.



Since this was such a great buck, I thought I'd take pictures of the mounting process since I've never taken photos step-by-step of me mounting a deer before. While I don't cover everything, this will give you an idea of the basics of how a mount goes together. Furthermore, I don't claim that everything here is perfect ... this is a commercial mount and deer aren't my main area of expertise. With  that said, enjoy!

First, here's the tanned caped. Unfortunately, the guide cut the cape all the way down the back. This means extra sewing for me!



Trying to sew the cape up after putting it on the form always seems to result in lots of hide paste on the cape, and difficulty in getting everything aligned. To avoid this, I turn the cape inside out and go ahead and sew the whole thing up ahead of time, stopping a few inches from where the antlers will go.



Now I prepare the ears. The ears, that were turned before tanning, must have the cartilage removed, as shown in this picture. I then wipe the ears with laquer thinner and dry them off with my master blaster blower (a hair dryer will work too). I try to get them extremely dry, as this will make them adhere to the earliner the best.



Now that the ears and dry and ready to accept an earliner, the liners must be prepared. I use pink Eppely earliners. First I use a stout ruffer to rough up the plastic on both sides, then I use a red sharpie and draw veins on the inside of the earliner. Finally, I mix up equal parts of Epogrip liquid fast set and spread that all over both sides of the earliner. Just slip the liner inside the ear, adjust everything in place, and within ten minutes .. a beautiful ear, no drumming!



Then I take a log of clay and wrap it around the base of the earliner to form an earbutt. I like to use more than less in this case. Too much can always be worked around, but too little.. and the deer just won't look right.



Here is a finished ear + earbutt, in the ears forward position. You will want to sculpt the earbutt differently, depending on how you want the ears positioned.



Ok, now while I'm letting my epoxy in the ears set up, I'm going to work on the form... when I have cut the skull plate on the antlers to the proper angle, I set them on the form and put bondo all around.



Once the bondo has set up, I simply pop them off the form and I have a nice set of antlers ready to put right back on the form.



Now I'm using the stout ruffer again, to rough up all areas of the form so the hide paste will adhere properly



I hollow out an area on both sides of the head to allow the ear canal to set in. This keeps you from getting a bat-eared look!! (I do this on all my small mammals too.. it works especially well for them)



The nostril cavity is hollowed out using a dremel and small files to get the right shape. Then a speed septum is installed.



The form is ready!



Now here I am rubbing hidepaste on the form, everywhere except for the head. I use a dextrine based hidepaste (cheap) on the back, and areas not susceptible to drumming. Everywhere else gets Buckeye supreme.



Ta-da!



Now I start to carefully pull the cape over the form, avoiding getting hide paste on the hair (although it's not a big deal if it does get on there, since it is waterbased paste)



Doesn't it look like a world champion winner!?!



Now I insert the eyes and sculpt around them with critter clay ... one sculpted, one not



Side view



I continue claying all the way up around the antlers



Finally I apply hidepaste on the face and lift the face of the cape into place



Now all that's left to do is tucking and adjusting. I'll tuck the notrils and push them full of saran wrap (leave it in for a day or so), and tuck the lips with my tucking tool, as shown in this photo



I use a smaller tucking tool to tuck the eyes...



Then all that's left to do is sew up the incision! I use 4 lb. test Fireline.



Then I let the deer dry!

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I should have taken photos during the finish work, but I didn't. Finish work was done with a Paasche H airbrush and lifetone laquers. The nose was finished using apoxie sculpt and a rubber nose mold (I bought it in the For Sale section -- it's great!)

Since this was a wall pedestal, I finished the scooped out part with McKenzie's "naughide" .. it's an artificial leather, but looks like the real thing!




Here's some finished photos











Well I hope I didn't take up too much bandwidth with this! Hope ya'll enjoyed it!








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« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2008, 03:24:37 PM »

nice tutorial,
u dont have to wait till its done before ya smile lol.
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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2008, 03:28:40 PM »

Very cool Amy! I'm sure this will help a lot of people.
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« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2008, 04:14:52 PM »

wow amy, that deer is as big as you are, LOL of course your a tiny gal, but that deer is a monster, nice tutuorial, i am sure people will benefit from it, Russ
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« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2008, 05:51:12 PM »

Thanks Amy, im just a bird brain that was a fun read.
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« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2008, 01:56:56 AM »

Amy; thanks for the Tutorial, I think it was great and yes that is a nice deer right there ! I like how the deer is turned slightly and the back board it is on, looks really great, wish I had one like it.



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« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2008, 05:00:53 AM »

Thanks Amy, its nice to see how different people do things
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« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2008, 03:13:49 PM »

job well done
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« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2008, 06:41:27 PM »

Nice tutorial Amy, your work is Awesome
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« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2008, 08:53:30 PM »

Great Amy thanks.  I have been planning to try and sew up the seem like you did to make it a shot Y,  how do you know how far to sew so that you don't cut your stitching on the back when you are trimming off the excess?  Hope that makes sense
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« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2008, 09:21:22 PM »

Very nice...Thanks for sharing !!!
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« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2008, 12:39:27 AM »

nice smack down girl. thanks
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« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2008, 11:47:00 PM »

Very nice Amy, Well done. What do you use for the Tearduct area? A dremal tool ? Thanks Mark
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« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2008, 12:12:06 AM »

Very nice ,Amy ! Thanks for posting and keep up the GREATwork !
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« Reply #14 on: June 25, 2008, 11:15:35 PM »

very nice!....
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