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Candyfog
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« Reply #15 on: April 07, 2012, 07:25:52 PM »

The pelt didn't really like that I rehydrated him... He ripped on the sides of his neck as I was trying to stick the head form through. And it also ripped arround the ears. I tried to sew it up as good as I could. Both holes for the eyes ripped a bit, too - both on diffrent sides - so it looked like he was looking to his right... After some work it looks like this:



I have to admit that it looks better than I thought I could do...
The pelt also ripped a bit on the right side of the nose so I'm thinking about making it look like a scar. I can't really afford epoxy so I'll have to find another way.
I also didn't get the mouth to fully close. All in all it looks really weird and crappy. But like I said before: It still looks better than I thought it would... :)
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lizardguts
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« Reply #16 on: April 08, 2012, 01:33:49 AM »

Should inquire about the age of the tan before thinking about mounting in the future, older tans have a risk of not taking well to re-hydration
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Candyfog
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« Reply #17 on: April 08, 2012, 04:38:32 AM »

Yes, I didn't know how old he was exactly but I knew that he was old and that that would be a problem.
I will definitely never mount an old pelt again.
I think I'm never gonna mount any pelt again. It was kinda fun but it's just not for me ^^
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Ridgeline taxidermy
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« Reply #18 on: April 08, 2012, 10:49:58 PM »

Rehydrate, the hide will stretch a little, try that before you cut anything or shave your form down might save some extra hassle.
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Candyfog
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« Reply #19 on: April 09, 2012, 05:01:09 PM »

Thanks for the tip. It was a pretty old pelt and I had no experience. His face is a mess and his hind legs look like they're broken.
I give up. Here's a picture of the "finished" project:

I don't think it's worth posting any detailed pictures. I failed but I still love him.
Thanks anyways for all the help! :D
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« Reply #20 on: April 10, 2012, 07:53:55 PM »

You didn't fail, at least you tried. If you Love him than it was worth the effort. You can only get better with practise. If your satisfied than its GREAT!
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phoenix-cry
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« Reply #21 on: April 10, 2012, 08:22:27 PM »

It's cute!
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deremer44
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« Reply #22 on: April 10, 2012, 08:59:30 PM »

I agree!
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Ridgeline taxidermy
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« Reply #23 on: April 11, 2012, 01:59:43 AM »

if you want it to look even better you can use alittle epoxy sculpt around the eye's then paint that black and put a layer of gloss on it to mimic the membrane where the eye lid meets the eye, it's a varey thin layer. Also you could paint the nose, water colosr with a clear coat over it once it dry's works well and comes off the fur if you get a little on there, I think it looks pretty good as is though.
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Candyfog
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« Reply #24 on: April 11, 2012, 10:10:38 AM »

Thanks everyone! ^^
I'll deffinitely try to get some epoxy and fix the eyes and nose.
And I won't give up taxidermy after all. I'll try to skin some smaller animals (rats and mice) and preserve their pelts.
And when I have the pelts I might also try to mount them. I have so much hide-paste, clay and stuffing left.
But I'll carve/form the heads myself this time. ;)
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« Reply #25 on: April 11, 2012, 01:06:48 PM »

I have whole froze'n rat's, squirrel's, and various other animals if you need any pm me. Good luck with everything! 
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Candyfog
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« Reply #26 on: April 11, 2012, 01:23:31 PM »

Thanks! I'll see if I can get any at from my local pet store first. :)
I was told that it would be best to start with a dark rat since you can see the fat better.
I haven't seen many frozen rats with dark colored fur. Most of the time they are white. Why is that?
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« Reply #27 on: April 11, 2012, 01:51:44 PM »

hey, looks better than most soft mounts from those who have done them for years in my not so humble opinion!  nice job.
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