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« on: June 08, 2008, 09:02:23 PM »

I like to use ear liners because I can consistently get a thin, crisp ear every time. In this tutorial I am using Eppely plastic liners with ear butts.

Things you'll need:
Ear liners
Exact-o knife
Hide paste (I like to use McKenzie Paste, Buckeye Supreme is also a good choice.)
Small grooming brush

Liner Prep

The flashing (excess plastic) which is left over from the release of the mold needs to be taken off. You'll find it in the inner ear and on the seams around the ear butt. Use the knife to cut it off.




Next, create a rough surface for the hide paste to adhere to by using the Exact-o knife to score the liner all over.




This is what the scored surface will look like.




At this time, sew up any holes in the ear skin. If there isn't much hair to hide the seam, for example in the inner ear, just leave the hole as is, you can just pull it back together over the liner and the hide paste will keep it where it needs to be.




Now, wash both the ear liners and the ear skin in Dawn dish soap. This will cleanse the surface and get rid of any tanning oils on the ear skin which could interfere with adhesion.



Pat the ear liners dry with a towel, do the same for the ear skin. Make sure you get the ear skin really dry.

Test Fit

This is an important step. A liner that fits too snug will probably drum. A liner that's too small for the ear skin just won't look right. It's good to be right in between with just a little bit of slack.



The liners fit nicely with the skin, with enough slack to taxi the skin freely.
If you find that your liner is just a little too big, try trimming around the edge. But don't take off too much or the earliner won't have the right proportions for its size.



Inserting the Liners

I like to use McKenzie paste for ear liners. It is water based and cleans up easily if it gets into the hair, and it gives me plenty of working time to go back and adjust the ear skin for a few days before drying.



Use a paint brush (really doesn't matter what size, could be a little smaller than this) to spread the paste over the liner. Don't put on too much, you can see from the pictures that you don't need a LOT.







Now carefully slide the liner into the ear skin. Although it's not a big deal to get paste on the hair, try to avoid it because it can get messy. (If you do, just clean with soap on a damp rag)



Here you can see the liner loosely fitted inside the skin, no adjustments made yet.



Now push the ear skin up against the liner, and follow the natural creases in the ear. Roll the edges of the ear skin over to where they belong (check reference)







Take a small wire brush and groom, following the hair patterns on the ear.





Here is what my groomed ear looks like. Note the inner ear hair rolled over as it would do on a live deer to protect the ear canal.







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« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2008, 09:28:02 PM »

When you mount the deer, use a small roll of potters clay on the rim of the ear butts to put them in place onto the mannikan. Then smooth out any rough spots over the skin.

The finished mount.

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« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2008, 09:30:24 PM »

Here are some other pictures of the results I get with ear liners.





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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2008, 10:11:11 PM »

Great tutorial Nina!
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« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2008, 10:53:35 PM »

Good job nina, nice pictures! i don't know if anybody else does this or if it will even help anyone, but instead of roughing my earliners up with a knife, i brush some laquer thinner on my eppley liners and then take a small wire brush to them... fast and still no drumming.
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« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2008, 12:18:22 AM »

That's exactly what I do except that I use my stout ruffer when I prep the liners. Great job Nina.
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« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2008, 05:03:43 PM »

That took quite a bit of time Nina. Nice job. Frank.
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« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2008, 06:17:17 PM »

Great Job on that tutorial Nina, Thats almost just how I do it. Josh 8)
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« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2008, 11:55:39 PM »

great tutorial ... but instead of  using a knife wouldnt it be easyier to just use a metal brush on the earliner.. just wondering cuz i use the metal brush to sand my manikins before i put on the hide paste
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« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2008, 12:00:49 AM »

Thank you Nina , for taking the time ,to post this .Great job ! BTW , you do great work !
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« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2008, 03:09:57 AM »

thanks ill definatly be using this
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« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2008, 11:31:08 AM »

thanks ill definatly be using this
  lol if you get to mounting
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« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2008, 11:52:38 AM »

this week end i will
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« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2009, 09:17:04 PM »

Thanks a ton Nina!!!!  This will help me a lot.
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« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2009, 09:25:30 PM »

this week end i will
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