Felt Backed Seam

Submitted by Sam on 4/25/05 at 7:19 PM. ( ) 207.177.14.30

I was at a friends house the other day and was examining a walleye mount he has on his wall. The mount is of two 12 Lbs+ walleye(both caught by his dad less than 5 minutes apart) they are both going for the same lure. Well anyways, I got to looking at them and I noticed that the seam on the backside of either fish was just covered with a strip of black felt glue on. Is this a normal practice? These mounts were probably done around 1990. I just thought that that was a pretty crude way of covering the seam but it still doesnt look too bad. The rest of the mount is excellent.

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It was in 1990

This response submitted by George on 4/25/05 at 8:59 PM. ( georoof@aol.com ) 205.188.116.197

I saw one Tom Sexton did back before that and he'd used duct tape.


As long as it's a clean finish in back...

This response submitted by marty on 4/25/05 at 9:29 PM. ( ) 24.15.107.136

...it really doesn't matter. For the record, I use heavy duty paper towels and Elmers Glue. Once dried it gets painted black and it looks quite good. And it's really cheap and easy to do. I'll sculpt in some scales at the base of the tail on the backside as this may show a bit. I usually finish most of the backside of the head of the fish. And enough of the belly and back on the backside too. You'd have to go cross-eyed with your cheek on the wall to see that the rest of the fish is unfinished...


Maybe it's the smell of the stuff...

This response submitted by Craig on 4/25/05 at 10:52 PM. ( ) 66.66.226.179

but I like using a thin layer of Bondo on the back seam. Saw it in a Taxidermy Today and liked the look. I rasp it flat before it gets too hard and trim the edges smooth. My brother had a fish mounted back in the early 70s and it had that black felt on the back and only one eye. The cheek pockets were filled with wood wool. That was a nice mount back in its day. $3.00 per inch was paid. I still have the mount and it hasn't cracked or anything. The fins look a little ragged though.

The front show side is really what counts though.


Any problems with bondo cracking at the seam later?

This response submitted by Cecil - Baird Fish Taxidermy and Fish Farm on 4/26/05 at 3:37 PM. ( ) 64.184.41.43

Every mount I've taken it to refurbish with a bondo seam had the bondo separating from the seam.


can't stand half ..... fish mounting!

This response submitted by Pete on 4/26/05 at 8:18 PM. ( ) 209.60.96.3

Why do people, taxidermists, only finish one side? It doesn't take that much longer to do the back side also. Depending how you have it posed, you usually can see the back really good. If you carve your own bodies, the seam comes right back together and the time it takes to finish the head, and tail, you might as well do the whole thing. If your worried about costing you money, raise your price to cover it. I would think quality is the main concern, the price will follow. It's definitely minimum in materials. A little epoxy, and paint.


can't stand half ..... fish mounting!

This response submitted by Pete on 4/26/05 at 8:18 PM. ( ) 209.60.96.3

Why do people, taxidermists, only finish one side? It doesn't take that much longer to do the back side also. Depending how you have it posed, you usually can see the back really good. If you carve your own bodies, the seam comes right back together and the time it takes to finish the head, and tail, you might as well do the whole thing. If your worried about costing you money, raise your price to cover it. I would think quality is the main concern, the price will follow. It's definitely minimum in materials. A little epoxy, and paint.


Never had it crack, Cecil

This response submitted by Craig on 4/26/05 at 11:11 PM. ( ) 66.66.226.179

I do run some sobo glue around the edges as an extra precaution as I don't think the bondo is an adhesive.


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