Wrong form?

Submitted by Tony on 01/14/2003. ( )

Hey there,

I'm doing my first deer and have a question for the vets out there.

My cape is tanned and ready. I measured 2-3 inches below the base of the head and measure 8 1/2 inches. Doubled (it's a tube cape) that's 17 inches. So, stupidly, I ordered a size smaller thinking it would be easier to get the cape on. Well, it was easy. Too easy. I've got about 1/2 an inch too much face for the form and I can grab the sides of the neck and pull it out about 1/4 inch or so away from both sides of the form. I went ahead and returned the form and ordered the next larger form (17 1/4 inches). Now I'm second-guessing.

Was I better off with the small form and now I'll be struggling to make the cape fit the larger form? Or was that just too much skin to work? The face was really quite long for the form. I'm not an epxert or experienced but I could tell that when putting the nose in place, the eyes weren't going to line up without some major wrinkles along the bridge of the nose.

Please set my mind at ease . . .

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Deer cape measurements

This response submitted by Aaron Honeycutt on 01/15/2003. ( mhoney@mindspring.com )

Tony, There's probably not one taxidermist that has mounted many deer that hasn't ordered the wrong size form more than once. I don't think you will have a problem with the second form. Some always order forms 1 inch smaller in the neck than the deer was--I order just as the skinned neck measures figuring that after shaving the cape it will fit a little looser. Problems come up more often the smaller the neck is. If you think of measurements in a percentage way it makes a lot of sense. A 20" neck cape is only 5% smaller than a 21" form--A doable thing if tanned properly. A 16" cape is 1" smaller than a 17" form but the percentage is 6.25% (if my math is right). The point is that in large capes there is more room for error in neck measurement than in the smaller capes. Having a loose comfortable fit is very desireable over a snug tight fit but when a cape is very loose a larger form may be best. None of my customers really want me to mount their deer smaller than it was in life. If the skin length of the nose is 1/4" more than the form you just move the skin a bit to take care of that but 1/2" extra skin and I cut the snout off and add to the form in back of the lip line.Good luck with your deer and enjoy! Aaron H.

Have you ever heard...

This response submitted by Mike Dunbar on 01/15/2003. ( )

someone say after they picked up their mount, gee, I wish the neck was smaller? I would get the form size that fits best, but error on the big rather than small size. I have seen some that look too big in the neck, but I also use the carcass measurement as suggested above, works for me.


This response submitted by Dave Collins on 01/16/2003. ( )

Sounds like you will be fine with the larger form. You can always rasp the neck down alittle.
If you plan to do more mounts in the future and grow into a bussines; its a good idea to keep some of those wrong forms rather than returning them. I have several in various sizes that I use to double check form size before ordering. Saves me a lot of time and trouble.
Good luck;

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