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Wanted / Anyone has icicles for sale
« Last post by Western Wildlife Art Studio on September 23, 2017, 01:25:15 PM »
Looking to buy several sets for a snow scene - anyone has some decent ones for sale ?

PM or call 406-356-2100
Habitat and Exhibit / Does anyone have any icicles for sale ??
« Last post by Western Wildlife Art Studio on September 23, 2017, 01:17:12 PM »
Looking to purchase some icicles that we need for a rock ledge/ scene. If any one has some, please contact us via PM or e-mail.
Looking for premium grade only, no junk please.

Deer and Gameheads / Re: My 4th mount
« Last post by Richard C on September 23, 2017, 01:13:36 PM »
Nice Work !
Wanted / Re: WTB: red/grey fox, badger, river otter, lynx, wolverine heads
« Last post by skullduggery on September 23, 2017, 01:07:14 PM »
Tutorials / Re: Tine Repair - My quick painting method
« Last post by pizzo68 on September 23, 2017, 12:48:02 PM »
Looks great!!
Fish Taxidermy / Re: skin bubble, ideas on a fix??
« Last post by Off the Hook on September 23, 2017, 12:28:38 PM »
Thanks you guys  I appreciate this.
Fish Taxidermy / What species of fish do you feel are you weakest at painting?
« Last post by Cecil on September 23, 2017, 12:21:53 PM »
To be clear I'm not talking about sucking at it but just don't feel you've quite nailed it yet at times and are still striving to get there.

I'll come clean: I've nailed some musky paint jobs, and I've felt I just wasn't there yet on others as they seem to vary quite a bit. Recently mounted a large musky for a customer and he absolutely loves it. Even emailed a picture to all his friends to brag about the work, and had to call me to tell me once again how much he liked it. Said it exceeded his expectation. But I just don't' think I nailed the painting 100 percent even using photos (albeit his photos were of a dead fish). I actually painted this fish twice!  ;)

Warning: This post may cause you to check your ego at the door and be honest.  ;D
Fish Taxidermy / Re: skin bubble, ideas on a fix??
« Last post by Cecil on September 23, 2017, 12:12:27 PM »
Just to add with what Jeff says who has probably done more coldwater fish in a year than I will probably do in a lifetime, can you rehydrate that spot (shouldn't take long with a thin skin using a wetted balled up piece of paper towel with saran wrap over it) , then prick the bubble with a tiny dress maker's pin, push the air out and fill in the hole with a filler after the skin dries?

Not unusual with the thin skinned salmonids like a small brook trout. Obviously need to prevent this before it becomes a problem on your next fish.

I used to have an issue with this, but I now religiously check the fish, and move any air bubbles to the ventral surface and then push out of the back seam, after mounting, and continue checking for a short period of time. Or make a small hole on the belly somewhere with a pin where it can easily be filled in and and paint, and direct the air bubble there. Also you can direct the air bubble to the area where you attached the head.

The wetted palm of my hand seems to work as good as anything to move air bubbles if done gently.

Something which can lead to this are using too much glue under the skin. Years ago I also went to putting the glue on the inside of the fish skin vs. the form itself.
Fish Taxidermy / Re: Fin Glue or Sealer cracking
« Last post by Cecil on September 23, 2017, 12:02:49 PM »
Just my opinion so take it with a grain of salt but I do a a lot of fish.

1. No need to for three coats of Tuff-fin -- at least on commercial fish.

2. The best place for the water based gloss is in the trash can.

3. I seal fins with a lacquer based sealer in an aerosol can BEFORE I add a fin coating which for me is plain ol' Elmer's glue. I do seal after also but if the truth be know I doubt it's even necessary on fins after you use a fin coating.

4. Typically cracking like this means something was applied too heavily or something was put over it before the previous coat dried completely.

5. I do not thin or mess with any any of my Lifetone lacquer paints except I add some retarder if I am painting details. Perhaps that's different with water based paint?
Fish Taxidermy / Fin Glue or Sealer cracking
« Last post by Ken 2 on September 23, 2017, 11:52:05 AM »
Just added powders to face and was ready to gloss until I noticed this cracking. Also noticed small holes in finish on lips. Three coats of Tuff-Fin and let dry between 18 and 48 hours before sealing with FP fungicidal sealer. My white is thinned about 50-50. All lacquers used.  Anyone know what caused this and a simple step to correct. Stripping and repainting is not an option. In addition I have a gallon of water based gloss that I have had for years and am thinking of using as a sealer. I used Hydro-Mist sealer for years and it worked well. Thanks, Ken
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