Unfortunatly I did not take the original measurements. I purchased the deer already tanned as a 'practice' cape. I will try that splitting, that sounds like it should work well! Also I think perhaps the cape was a little dried out because there was no way that the hide paste would be able to keep the hide down, when it was on the form it was 'trying to hold it's shape'. I have it soaking in salt water.Thanks all!