Can I use Critter Clay instead of PaperMache To fill the brain cavity of fish I mount.I'm looking at different methods to find the one that works best for me.Thanks for any Info.
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Use a quality fish filler. I use Tom Sexton's Fish Filler from WASCO.
There is no reason on other using a good paper mache or critter clay to fill any part or parts on a fish. Sorry Cecil there is nothing wrong on his choice. I know many folks and I have used critter clay to fill any or all parts of the fish. It costs more to use critter clay but no shrinkage.
You can make you own up with plaster and paper pulp, but it sets up faster and you need to be careful if you using this method.
I use paper mache mixed with a little of plaster of paris or a little poly filler the reason I do this is some mache take forever to set up.
or you can use fish filler has indicated
i use clay extensively on deer mounts and have too many bags of this and that so i just made an executive decision to use clay on e'thing
Thanks to all for the help, will try these other methods,Thanks again ,Pete
I went away from fish fill or mache on fih a couple years ago. The problem with is the set time it sets quick. I fill the cheeks tail fin buts with white critter clay or I get the white clay from McKenzie in a 25 lb block. Ilike to be able to work the clay into a smooth union. Its like your second day grooming on a deer. The clay doesn't harden in 15 or 20 minutes this allows me to make adjustments and continue to smooth the head and fin butts . This works well for me.