WHATS THE BEST WAY TO FINISH OUT THE BACK OF A PEDISTAL MOUNT FOR A DEER AND DO YOU CAPE ONE OUT DIFFERENTLY FOR THIS?
THANKS FOR ANY INFO
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I used to cover them with felt or even leather, but now I use one of the artificial stone sprays, like Flecstone,it comes in different colors and you can get it at Walmart. It's faster and easier than cutting out patterns.
Sorry, didn't read your second question. Just make sure you leave the cape plenty long, some of the forms will require more cape than a regular shoulder mount.
I usually cape these a little longer than normal, especially on the back. As far as "finishing out" the back, I normally use some type of suede leather, choosing a color that sort of goes with the deer. I have seen many other materials and fabrics on the backs. Although not my favorite, I have seen furniture upholstery, curtains, and even carpet used for this.
carpet,LOL I hope it wasnt the green and yellow shag, berber would
I use black or brown felt for the back. I simply put the back of the form (before mounting) ontop of the felt and trace around the edge with a sharp knife cutting it out. I stick it on the form with spray adhesive from 3-M and trim the edge with decorative rope fastened with hot glue. It only takes me a few minutes to finish the back.
I know of one taxidermit that uses deer skin with the hair on, on the back. If he has the whole hide, he leaves enough of a flap to fold it over. If not, he scabes a peice of hide off another cape. It looks pretty good when it's done, but it takes too much time for my pricing. I'd have to charge extra for that type of product.