I have a 7ft. bear skin that was killed about 10months ago. He was dry tanned and shaved. The guide bought the manikin from measurments at that time. I put the manikin together all but the head. He put the jaws and eyes in useing clay. What do I do now? Is the clay alright for holding the jaws? Will one inch staples hold the hide or should I sew it? I'm a half A-- taxidermist but I would like someone that knows what they are doing to help. Thanks Very Much.
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Take the time to do the job right. check over the tanning and hide preparation and for goodness sake, get a video and learn some techniques from it. Or, if possible, find a local "qualified" taxidermist and ask for his/her help and advice.
If the hide/skin/cape is alright, and the supplies are top notch,--your finished product will reflect on YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL LEVEL AS WELL AS YOUR CRAFTSMANSHIP ABILITIES.
Thanks for nothing.......If you did'nt want to be bothered why even answer.
Stewart,His response was not as inappropriate as it seems.There is so much involved in doing one of these that no one can fully cover your question here.The response about getting a video was what I too would have reccomended.If nothing else find someone in your area to give you a general outline.When you have a question about something specific look in the archives and if you can't find it then ask.
Call back when you can TRULY claim to be at least a "half-a$$ed" taxidermist, as at this point, you have obviously not earned the right to use any part of "taxidermist" in honest referral to yourself.
USE bondo for jew set try hide on for fit . mark manikin
remove hide shave and sand fit hide again .you can use
a truck tube to strech the hide paste and sew 1/4 stichs
call if any questions 330 8259278 Jack