Have a couple small spots around the eyes that slipped, what can be done to help cover these areas after he mount has dried?
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Depend on what species of animal you are working with? Antelope, bear, deer moose? The reason it is slipping is probably because you did not take the time to do the job right. I would make this assumption of anyone who was too busy to leave adequate information for a proper response to be posted.
maybe someone will chime in with advise
but i can tell you stop rot up front will give whatever your doing
a greater chance of success
p.s.try elmers glue and cotton
then air brush
or glue than cuttings from rear of cape
glue little rows(very time consuming)
and air brush
its a shame this world is full of people like you.
I got this particular WT cape from a local taxidermist, he had done the tanning (wet tan),and the cape just needed to be shaved. I finished the shaving last night and was putting it back in the cooler to mount today when I noticed 3 small areas in front of and below the eye patch. They are a little smaller than a pencil eraser. The mount is for myself but I was also going to use it as advertisement, so I was a little bummed to see the spots. I have tanned with Krowtan and commercial tannery and not had this problem. Any help is appreciated.
Kropp, Now, this is sounding a bit different from the first post. These are very small blemishes and may not be slipped spots at all. Deer often have small or even huge scars on the face or elsewhere. Since this deer is not mounted yet you may be able to control how visable they are by simply shaving the area VERY thin, then mount as usual but taxi the skin in that area together so that the open space is minimized or eliminated completely. By thinning the skin super thin you can actually bunch or stack the skin together and once dry the controled shrinkage should pretty much get rid of the problem. As long as the surounding hair is solid this sounds like not much of a problem at all. Enjoy, Aaron H.
Difference a bit of your time makes. You took the time to give ample detail, and got a promising response. And quite a good one at that. I know Aaron to be knowledgeable.
S. yes those of you who think the world revolves around yourselves think there are far to many of us. Now let me explain. People come here and ask questions of experienced Taxidermists many of whom have paid the price to research, and develop techniques that make the are easier for everyone. they pass on their knowledge freely, and without compensation. I Know Were it not for them. I personally would not be in the business. However. I put in the time to research Every aspect of the craft. I have read nearly every pertinent post in the archives for nearly 2 years before I ever answered, or asked a thing here.
In fact. To my recollection, I have never asked for instruction here. I have found it in the archives. and what I could not find I used my God given common sense and resolved it for myself. People come here and ask the most simple of questions. they ask things that with a bit of deliberation they could probably figure out themselves. But they don't try. Why? Because they are too lazy. It is much easier to let someone else solve your problems. some come her looking for a solution without even investing the energy to type out enough for someone to offer an informed solution. Kropps problem would have been perplexing to many beginners. and I would have Offered an answer similar to what Aaron offered. But I am sorry my mind reading shills are not quite what my Taxidermy skill are. Did you Notice those that responded did so with solutions suitable for an already mounted cape. Care to guess why? well so you will have more reason to gripe. Because Kropps Did not supply adequate information. But ya know what. Because of my response. I'll bet he will every time in the future. See, I just helped the fellow become a better taxidermist. You may not like my methods. But sometimes dramatic techniques produce dramatic results.
If I was a jerk, I would treat all new people who DONT KNOW how to navigate this forum just as B does. I found this forum a few days ago and I have been having a hayday with it. However, it took me a while to figure out where the Archives actually were. There isnt a tabs saying ARCHIVES like the other searches. And most people dont associate ARCHIVES with a SEARCH button.
Until I learned a little more about the site, I had to ask people here for help. Since I am busy being a taxidermist and not browsing my computer all day, I tend to not have the time to sit in front of the computer. Sometimes I need a quick answer, especially if there is not an answer to be had in the ARCHIVES.
So B, be a jerk. Just because you know more and are so much better then everyone else, by not posting or asking questions for two years, does not give you the right to treat people in a negative fasion. Next time think about posting a little more politely. If that is how you treat fellow taxidermists, I hate to see how you treat your customers!
Knowlege should be shared. Even if we dont understand the question, it does not hurt to be nice. Nor does it hurt to try to help people in need. Its jerks like B who give the industry a bad name!