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Tanning / Re: Problem using sea salt
« Last post by cyclone on Yesterday at 01:53:44 PM »
Ok, thanks for the reply.  :)
Thought at first that it was the neutralization which did not work but then I remembered that hides even had salted down with sea salt a few months before they went into the bath with citric acid and the sea salt.
It seems not at all to be common practice to use sea salt in this way? But I thought it would be ok because it's used to salted fish and meat for food .. :'(

It could very well be the choice of salt that you chose.  Just because a product says "salt" on the label doesn't mean that it is suitable for tanning purposes.  One wouldn't use tanning oil or Oil of Olay in a automobile engine just because it has "oil" on the label, would we?

Your statement of rubbery hides leads me to believe that you might have either over neutralized or under salted your solutions by 35 to 40% if you followed a solution recipe.

In other words, not enough information to blame it on the salt alone..  but a pretty good clue as to more flaws in your system.

Bird Taxidermy / Re: duck feet color schedule
« Last post by stuffit44 on Yesterday at 01:52:24 PM »
Breakthrough sells a kick ass book for this, covers bills and feet

The Breakthrough Waterfowl and Bird Finishing Manual.....   
well worth every cent
Beginners / Re: Help with my ear position
« Last post by 3bears on Yesterday at 01:51:59 PM »
Yes, the first few inches of the beams typically appear to be an extension of the slope of the muzzle. They definitely need to be tipped back.
Beginners / Re: Help with my ear position
« Last post by Andysmith on Yesterday at 01:50:38 PM »
This should help you with positioning your antler,55400.0.html
Wanted / Whole Cougar / Mountain Lion
« Last post by CougLeopard on Yesterday at 01:42:13 PM »
Is it possible / feasible  to ship a whole frozen cougar to Oklahoma City.  I'm looking to get a whole Male Mountain Lion shipped to me next season if it's even possible to do so.  I know it's legal for me to buy from out of state.  I also know it would cost quite a bit to ship.  Preferably mostly gutted so it doesn't rot but with genitals and everything else intact.  Might be cheaper just to pick up lol.

When is the best time to post my request in time for next season?  I know it's months away.
Only reason I want one whole is because I want the skeleton as well as the fur!

I don't want to hunt one myself!
Beginners / Competing in TX Con. Amature Division
« Last post by SierraJ10 on Yesterday at 01:38:48 PM »
Considering competing in the amature/novice divsion at the TX covention. Looking for any adivce that could be helpful as well as a possible score sheet. I know you can enter more than one piece in the professional categories, does this apply to amature/novice divisions as well? I am thinking small mammal (fox/bobcat) and a bird. Also I have looked at past amature/novice divisions and have not seen many bird pieces? Is there a reason? Are the critiqued harder? If anyone has any advice and has competed in TX I would love to hear from you. Thanks!
Beginners / Re: Help with my ear position
« Last post by Jordan Park on Yesterday at 01:16:44 PM »
I struggle with getting the antlers positioned right. I set them twice. I forgot I had the measurements so after I installed them I checked and they were 2" high from tip of antler to tip of nose. I adjusted them and got the correct measurement but I thought the antlers looked a little too angled down. Is that what you see 3bears?
Should I cut more off the bottom of the skull so the antlers sit lower than lean the antlers back a bit?
Beginners / Re: What got you into taxidermy?
« Last post by TimberWolf on Yesterday at 01:15:41 PM »
When I watched my parents retire after 30 years working in a plant they never had any real hobbies so they didnt know what to do with themselves. I said to myself I need a good hobby to do to occupy my time when that day comes. The only thing was hunting and somehow I found taxidermy while looking for things to do on the internet. A few years later after many failures and conventions I figured I might as well make a few bucks off of it an opened a shop. Now 15 years later Im running a part-time shop that feels more like full-time most of the year and getting ready to double the size of my shop. Hopefully in seven years or so when I retire from my regular job I will go full time in taxidermy. Its something I wish I had started 25 years ago instead of working where I ended up because even the worst days in my shop I still enjoy taxidermy more than any other job Ive ever done.
Beginners / Re: Fish Tan
« Last post by 3bears on Yesterday at 01:06:22 PM »
Hey Cecil, I add some zinc sulphate to that borax water mix, and I can leave the skins in for extended periods of time without any issue and typically only mix 1 to 2 batches of fish soak a year. Fish skin doesn't need to be tanned just "Bugproofed" and "Preserved".
Bird Taxidermy / duck feet color schedule
« Last post by deric.franks on Yesterday at 01:01:02 PM »
Hello guys and galls, I am new to this site and have searched for hours for something with a color schedule for duck feet. Any one have any advice to where i can find one? Or any videos or tutorials for painting feet? I am new in the waterfowl taxidermy and have only done 5 ducks so far. I think im doing of on everything except the feet. just cant get the colors right on the multi colored feet such as ring neck, gadwalls and wood ducks. Also was wondering if there were any suggestions on paint preferences. I have researched this somewhat and i see alot of people use pastel rub on paints but im not familiar with where these paints are purchased from, or what colors to get.
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