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Title: Mounting a Saskatchewan whitetail! 30+ PICS!
Post by: Amy 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.

(http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z3/amystaxidermy/Deer%20Mounting/deer3.jpg)

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!

(http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z3/amystaxidermy/Deer%20Mounting/d2.jpg)

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.

(http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z3/amystaxidermy/Deer%20Mounting/d3.jpg)

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.

(http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z3/amystaxidermy/Deer%20Mounting/d1.jpg)

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!

(http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z3/amystaxidermy/Deer%20Mounting/d10.jpg)

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.

(http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z3/amystaxidermy/Deer%20Mounting/d11.jpg)

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.

(http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z3/amystaxidermy/Deer%20Mounting/d12.jpg)

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.

(http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z3/amystaxidermy/Deer%20Mounting/d4.jpg)

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.

(http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z3/amystaxidermy/Deer%20Mounting/d5.jpg)

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

(http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z3/amystaxidermy/Deer%20Mounting/d6.jpg)

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)

(http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z3/amystaxidermy/Deer%20Mounting/d8.jpg)

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

(http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z3/amystaxidermy/Deer%20Mounting/d7.jpg)

The form is ready!

(http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z3/amystaxidermy/Deer%20Mounting/d9.jpg)

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.

(http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z3/amystaxidermy/Deer%20Mounting/d13.jpg)

Ta-da!

(http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z3/amystaxidermy/Deer%20Mounting/d14.jpg)

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)

(http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z3/amystaxidermy/Deer%20Mounting/d15.jpg)

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

(http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z3/amystaxidermy/Deer%20Mounting/d16.jpg)

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

(http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z3/amystaxidermy/Deer%20Mounting/d17.jpg)

Side view

(http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z3/amystaxidermy/Deer%20Mounting/d18.jpg)

I continue claying all the way up around the antlers

(http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z3/amystaxidermy/Deer%20Mounting/d19.jpg)

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

(http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z3/amystaxidermy/Deer%20Mounting/d20.jpg)

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

(http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z3/amystaxidermy/Deer%20Mounting/d21.jpg)

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

(http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z3/amystaxidermy/Deer%20Mounting/d22.jpg)

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

(http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z3/amystaxidermy/Deer%20Mounting/d23.jpg)

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!

(http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z3/amystaxidermy/Deer%20Mounting/d24.jpg)


Here's some finished photos

(http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z3/amystaxidermy/Deer%20Mounting/amydeer1.jpg)

(http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z3/amystaxidermy/Deer%20Mounting/deer1.jpg)

(http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z3/amystaxidermy/Deer%20Mounting/deer2.jpg)

(http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z3/amystaxidermy/Deer%20Mounting/deer4.jpg)

(http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z3/amystaxidermy/Deer%20Mounting/deer6.jpg)

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








Title: Re: Mounting a Saskatchewan whitetail! 30+ PICS!
Post by: Jason O on May 16, 2008, 03:24:37 PM
nice tutorial,
u dont have to wait till its done before ya smile lol.
Title: Re: Mounting a Saskatchewan whitetail! 30+ PICS!
Post by: Nina on May 16, 2008, 03:28:40 PM
Very cool Amy! I'm sure this will help a lot of people.
Title: Re: Mounting a Saskatchewan whitetail! 30+ PICS!
Post by: Russ of V.O.W.T 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
Title: Re: Mounting a Saskatchewan whitetail! 30+ PICS!
Post by: jeremy on May 16, 2008, 05:51:12 PM
Thanks Amy, im just a bird brain that was a fun read.
Title: Re: Mounting a Saskatchewan whitetail! 30+ PICS!
Post by: elkevo 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.



Steve
Title: Re: Mounting a Saskatchewan whitetail! 30+ PICS!
Post by: crankin on May 17, 2008, 05:00:53 AM
Thanks Amy, its nice to see how different people do things
Title: Re: Mounting a Saskatchewan whitetail! 30+ PICS!
Post by: ed150 on May 17, 2008, 03:13:49 PM
job well done
Title: Re: Mounting a Saskatchewan whitetail! 30+ PICS!
Post by: Josh K on May 17, 2008, 06:41:27 PM
Nice tutorial Amy, your work is Awesome
Title: Re: Mounting a Saskatchewan whitetail! 30+ PICS!
Post by: Schmitty 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
Title: Re: Mounting a Saskatchewan whitetail! 30+ PICS!
Post by: BuckFord on May 21, 2008, 09:21:22 PM
Very nice...Thanks for sharing !!!
Title: Re: Mounting a Saskatchewan whitetail! 30+ PICS!
Post by: Pever on May 26, 2008, 12:39:27 AM
nice smack down girl. thanks
Title: Re: Mounting a Saskatchewan whitetail! 30+ PICS!
Post by: DropTine 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
Title: Re: Mounting a Saskatchewan whitetail! 30+ PICS!
Post by: kevin scott on June 25, 2008, 12:12:06 AM
Very nice ,Amy ! Thanks for posting and keep up the GREATwork !
Title: Re: Mounting a Saskatchewan whitetail! 30+ PICS!
Post by: tre on June 25, 2008, 11:15:35 PM
very nice!....
Title: Re: Mounting a Saskatchewan whitetail! 30+ PICS!
Post by: #1 headhunter on July 06, 2008, 10:17:53 AM
Very nice job Amy. It's strange, I hunt in Canada, and a lot of those guides will cut a deer cape all the way up the back. I always like to skin mine myself. I hate to sew one up that long cut. PLus the smooth back with no seam looks better.  Enjoyed  your tutorial
Title: Re: Mounting a Saskatchewan whitetail! 30+ PICS!
Post by: stuffenstuff on January 16, 2009, 08:40:48 AM
So Fine!           the deer Is super also :)    Dave
Title: Re: Mounting a Saskatchewan whitetail! 30+ PICS!
Post by: George Roof on January 16, 2009, 08:56:37 AM
Nice job Amy.  I did notice something on your Bondo.  If you haven't tried this, next time you use it on a skull like that, quickly lay a sheet of plastic freezer wrap (Saran Wrap) over it and you can smooth out all those ripples and save rasping them down later.  It also allows you to squish some up under the nooks formed by the pedicels.  Loved the clay work.
Title: Re: Mounting a Saskatchewan whitetail! 30+ PICS!
Post by: redbluffcustoms on January 17, 2009, 08:45:27 PM
very nicely done, amy, that was a great tutorial, and thanks for sharing it with us
Title: Re: Mounting a Saskatchewan whitetail! 30+ PICS!
Post by: coreyponder on January 26, 2009, 12:18:34 PM
thanks for posting.
Title: Re: Mounting a Saskatchewan whitetail! 30+ PICS!
Post by: Xtreme Skull Cleaning on January 30, 2009, 09:24:31 AM
Very nice Amy, Well done
Title: Re: Mounting a Saskatchewan whitetail! 30+ PICS!
Post by: michael p. on February 04, 2009, 04:03:58 PM
Very nice as always Amy. 

 Do you miss that long beautiful hair yet ::) ??? :-\ ;) :D
Title: Re: Mounting a Saskatchewan whitetail! 30+ PICS!
Post by: OutbackJack on February 12, 2009, 09:42:10 PM
Thats an awesome deer.  You do very nice work and its great to see all the steps that you put on here!   "You go girl"
Title: Re: Mounting a Saskatchewan whitetail! 30+ PICS!
Post by: silverman on March 10, 2010, 06:29:17 PM
WOW AMY, BEAUTIFUL JOB,I HOPE I CAN GET THAT GOOD.KEEP UP THE GOOD JOB.
Title: Re: Mounting a Saskatchewan whitetail! 30+ PICS!
Post by: jake95 on November 20, 2010, 05:41:40 PM
sorry for bringing up a dead post but i have 2 questions, what did you use to prep the form? and also, what did you use to remove the ear cartilage? Thanks and great job!
Title: Re: Mounting a Saskatchewan whitetail! 30+ PICS!
Post by: alan webfoot on November 26, 2010, 07:32:42 PM
I don't do deer but seeing you wait to do the clay AFTER the hide is wrestled on makes SO much more sense !!! way to go Amy ,how's the wee one?
Title: Re: Mounting a Saskatchewan whitetail! 30+ PICS!
Post by: coonhollow on November 26, 2010, 07:45:54 PM
very nice Amy!!!
Title: Re: Mounting a Saskatchewan whitetail! 30+ PICS!
Post by: hunt4blue on November 28, 2010, 03:57:08 PM
Very nice, great job.  after you cut our a hole for the earbutts on the form, does that make the earbutt skin bunch up with to many wrinkles in the skin?  Thanks great job
Title: Re: Mounting a Saskatchewan whitetail! 30+ PICS!
Post by: boarhunter67 on December 03, 2010, 02:38:45 PM
Very nice, great job.  after you cut our a hole for the earbutts on the form, does that make the earbutt skin bunch up with to many wrinkles in the skin?  Thanks great job
She probably fills the holes partially with clay.
Title: Re: Mounting a Saskatchewan whitetail! 30+ PICS!
Post by: deadeyedave2008 on June 07, 2011, 12:58:19 AM
marking
Title: Re: Mounting a Saskatchewan whitetail! 30+ PICS!
Post by: Little Dreamer on June 22, 2011, 11:24:29 AM
Very well done, Thanks. I have one Question: When you reset your antlers in place after setting your hide on the form, what is holding the antlers to the form? are you securing it with screws, then claying for a smooth junction, or does the hide just hold it in place as it dries?  Just wondering...
Title: Re: Mounting a Saskatchewan whitetail! 30+ PICS!
Post by: Kevin Jaramillo on June 26, 2011, 03:11:32 AM
amy thanks for posting this every tome i see work like this i am more inspired to live up my dreams  of being a well known awsome taxidermist like yourself i am a beginner and your post has just given me a boost in knowledge thank you thank you thank you