I've tryed and still wont fit

Submitted by jim on 3/18/01. ( )

All measurements are right but the closer I get the shoulders I'm running out of hide
It looks like it is going to be short about 2 inchs around. I ship the hide to a tanner
and I dont know which one tan he used. I strecht the hide. I ve sanded the form down
some already. The other problem that I have is that I have the clay on the eyes allready
and was wondering what i should do with it(it will be dry by the time I get back to it).
This is my first white tail. Thanks for all the help Jim.
P.S. I tryed the search but it would not open any thing for me.

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Couple of problems

This response submitted by Frank Kotula on 3/18/01. ( basswtrout@aol.com )

First off is the hide rehydrated the right way? Did you call the tannery to see on how their hides should be rehydrated?

Now this onw will tick you off. But you say you measured right. Well if all the measurements you measured was correct and you rehydrated the right way, well not to be mean but it should fit with no problems.
Have you remeasured the tanned hide after you rehydrated it?

But are you trying to get it on a form that is to big for what you have. Like are you trying to mount a regular size deer on a form that is full rut? There are just to many reasons on why it doesn't fit. It could be all of the above and more or less. It's hard to tell with out seeing the every thing on hand.


This response submitted by mike d on 3/18/01. ( the_taxidermist@yahoo.com )

From the sound of your post, I would say you are new to head
mounts- so I'll answer with that in mind!
The number one reason for this problem(assuming the things mentioned
by Frank have all checked out) is a tendency to try and pull
the skin on the back of the neck/shoulders down so that it wil
be unwrinkled!
You will end up trying to fit skin from the neck around the
shoulders; AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN!
Instead try this; after sewing halfway down the neck turn the form
over. Center and pin the brisket, be sure to pull it forward
so the hair pattern is properly located! Use reference!
Taxi and pin theshoulder edges the same way.
Now, turn the form right side up again and slide the skin over the
shoulders forward until it will come together; this is how you
put a cape on a gamehead.
There will be wrinkles! There should be wrinkles!
Look at any four legged animal, when it lifts its head up,
it has wrinkles at the junction of its neck and shoulders.
Just taxi the skin so that they appear evenly distributed
based on what the pose is- again use reference!
Good luck

Thanx Mike

This response submitted by Tim on 3/19/01. ( )

I am new and just learning. My last mount that I did I had this same exact problem with an alert antelope. Now if I had had this info 2 weeks ago I wouldn't have stressed as much as I did. It all worked out and it turned out beautiful! And my customer was very pleased.
Thanx for the info.

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