Converting a shoulder mount or rug to a full body mount?

Submitted by Jerry H on 3/21/99. ( )

I have a full body skin of a mountain goat. Presently I don't have the space to have a full mount. Is it reasonable to consider rugging the skin or doing a shoulder mount of it now with the idea of later making a full body mount? I remember reading an article somewhere that back in the past when paper forms where around that at least one taxidermist would place the body skin, still attached to the shoulder mount, into the void of the paper form and then the backboard was placed over this opening. Thanks for any advice. jerry

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James Clark

This response submitted by Jeff T. Becker on 3/21/99. ( )

That was kinda.. a trade mark of J. Clark to tuck away the remaining hide into the shoulder mounts! Maybe others did it to, but I don't think so. The other question, it can be done, but remember a fresh tan will always mount up easier than a older tan. Just a thought to ponder! Have a great day.

James Clark... continued

This response submitted by John Bellucci on 3/23/99. ( )

Hi Jerry,

Jeff hit the nail right on the head with the James L. Clark answer! Right-on buddy! He was also correct in the statement that a fresh skin will mount up easier than an older one. ESPECIALLY if it is kept in a confined area (within the headform0, yet "exposed" to the rigors of temperature fluctuation.

What I'm getting at is this: if you really wanted to eventually mount this animal as a grand, full-size representation of it's species, then the BEST thing you can do, is wrap it up tightly in plastic, and freeze it in its "dry-state" until you are able to accomplish what is in your heart.

This works VERY well. I kept my tanned African lion skin in one of my chest freezers for 9 years, before I got to mounting it just the way I wanted! This gave me ample time to locate and study these animals in an intimate way that allowed me to produce the kind of restoration (mount) that I had always wanted to. It's the same as keeping a fine fur in "cold storage", avoiding the atmospheric problems (heat, cold, humidity, dry air, etc.) that can lead to "dry-rot".

This is where your mounts' hide could be headed if you do choose to go with a mount now and remount later scenario. I would wait until I had everything together and mount the animal whole... but that's just me!

Best of luck to you... John B.

Great Advise

This response submitted by George Roof on 4/20/99. ( georoof )

You just got some of the best advise you'll ever get. Store the hide and wait. If you try the Clark method, you will have to forget ever completing a lifesized mount. Once the hide is attached to the face and neck, it will form just as shoe leather does to a lass. "Throwing the mount in the pond" may soften the hide, but what will the glue have to say about releasing the hide from the mold. I tried to remount a moose that wash too large for the form originally used several years ago. Into the pond it went for 2 days. The glue was water based and released, but when I removed the hide, it formed the exact contours of the old mount. It was a lost cause and the customer had to buy a replacement hide.
Save your hide, you'll never regret it.

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