Will critter clay soak back up?

Submitted by Marc on 1/24/01. ( )

I mounted a lifesize spanish goat this past weekend then got deathly ill on Monday and couldn't adjust the eyes on my goat. I used critter clay to create the muscle around the eyes. If I rehydrate the eyes will the critter clay take the water and moisten up? Or will the outer skin just rehydrate, and I will have to some how remove the eyes, and clay piece by piece. Any suggestions?

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This response submitted by Marc on 1/24/01. ( CapeFearTaxidrmy@aol.com )

Marc, First off let me tell you it's nice to see someone who knows how to spell our name correctly!LOL! I've had to do what your describing once before, and if it hasn't dried rock hard already it should "soften up" enough for you to re-do your eye work. What I did was take a fairly damp cloth, not dripping wet mind you, and lay it over the eyes. Next I wrapped it in plastic and let it sit overnight, by the next afternoon it was moistened enough to do my eyework. Give it a try, you've got nothing else to lose. Good luck and let me know how it works out for you. Marc

Dave Says

This response submitted by Dave Taylor on 1/25/01. ( mastertaxidermist@jam.rr.com )

hi ,

the critter clay will soak up just fine as mak,uh mark, eh--ah, Morc--whoever---said it would.
but the skin will soak up much faster.
just be patient, and don't touch the skin anymore than you have to, the soaking might loosen the hair just a bit.


Thanks for the response!

This response submitted by Marc D. on 1/25/01. ( )

Thank you for your suggestions. I will try to rehydrate this afternoon.

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