i use repo. fish heads on my fish, i have also been using artifical gills on them also , has anybody trid using the real gills ,i thought about drying the real gills out using d.p. on them and using them in place of the artifical ones
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But there would be no reason to DP them. There is not enough meat to worry about. Just card them and let them dry and it will be fine. If anything just soak them in Borax water for a half an hour or so if you are worried about it.
dry them, then rebuild them with epoxy.
I'm with Todd, I wouldn't spend anytime rebuilding them. That time would be better spent elsewhere...
I've got some cold water fish to mount, I bought a video dealing with the steelhead. In it the guy employs the use of a cast artificial head-looks good to me. My question, after having looked at the cost of materials to follow his footsteps is if I clean the by-jesus out of the fish head-using degreasing methods afterwards can I use the real fish head/skull and finish with a quality commercial mount?
I hava been mounting fish for 25 years and personally I don't care for fake heads because they look fake. On trout and salmon heads I let the fish dry for one day after mounting. Use a very sharp knife and make a straight cut from the nose toward the back and stop where the body meets the head. Then cut straight down from the top of the skull. All your doing is cutting off the top of the head. I keep my cut above the eye socket ! Clean the membraine and gunk out. I rub in some instant preserve. Then I take a scapal and skin off all the meat fron the gillet area. After it dries I rebuild the head. Hotglue carving foam on top of the head and carve and sand. Cover with a thin layer of scapturing compound and smooth, model and set eyes. Rebuild under lower jaw. The more you do this the better you get. I also rebuild the lower jaw due to strinkage.
The time it would take you to thoroughly clean out the real head, degrease and mount it, rebuild, etc., you'd be far better off with an artificial head. Caribou Taxidermy - Leach makes some good artificials. BUT, I do agree with Chris to some extent, I too can usually tell an artificial head from a CAST head. I can almost always tell when one has the real head because there's too much shrinkage. Casting your head is the only way to get a perfect fit and excellent detail...