Cape too short

Submitted by Freddy on 3/18/05 at 11:00 AM. ( )

I just got done mounting a deer and the cape was about an inch and a half too short on on side of the shoulder. I pulled as hard as i could with a hide puller but i just couldnt get it to wrap around. I have it stapled right now to where the hair lays over the exposed form . The average customer wouldnt see it but I know it isnt right. What would you guys do?

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I would have....

This response submitted by Danny on 3/18/05 at 11:04 AM. ( )

Test fitted the cape before I mounted it and shortened the form. Pull that hide up, cut off the back board and how ever much shoulder you need to, cut the back board to the right shape, bondo it on and staple the back of the hide to it.


This response submitted by Mark H on 3/18/05 at 12:55 PM. ( )

I always test fit before mounting. When the cape fits the way I want I then cut horns and test fit with the prepped cape on to get the correct angle and distance. There always seems to be some type of alteration someplace.


This response submitted by C A on 3/18/05 at 3:51 PM. ( )

You can also try this--- Sometimes you can slide the back of the cape
(right where the cape meets the board) toward the head a little, which will give you some more hide to stretch and more shoulder to work with. If this won't work, I think your only option is to do what Danny said.

If the average customer wouldn't notice...

This response submitted by Hogger on 3/18/05 at 9:12 PM. ( )

Then sound like it's a relatively tiny spot not overlapping behind the backboard? You might be able to just add a small piece of fur patch there if this is in the hairy part, not the underside. I know that if you already hidepasted your skin on etc, you hate to have to tear it away to cut mannikins and all. Gets messy.

extra hide ?

This response submitted by newbirdman on 3/19/05 at 6:28 AM. ( )

Freedy , do you have any extra hide on the other side ? You can cut a piece off and add to the short side or wait until it dries and glue some hair on it .Rick

Don't leave it short

This response submitted by Mike on 3/19/05 at 11:33 AM. ( )

Leaving it short would look like crap. Pull your staples out, roll the hide back, wipe off the glue, cut the neck off a couple inches, bondo back on, carve to shape, then sand to finish, then put more glue on, roll cape back down, positoin and then staple. In the future, always check that sort of thing with a pre-fit. I slip my cape on the form, and if it fits, I add a hide paste resiviour between the eyes, attached the antlers, squish the glue back between the antlers all the way back to th seam, sew it up, roll it back, add glue to form, pull it back, position it and staple it. During the prefit, if it doesn't fit, I pull the cape off and make corrections and repeat the process.

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