I just got in a Beaver for a full body mount and have a few questions. The guy wants it chewing on a tree, so do i use the real teeth and skull or just teeth or use artificial. What a bout the web between the toes, should i inject with balmex or what? Any advice appreciated.
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daveh,I would use artificial teeth,because the real teeth will crack over time.You can use Balmex for the fingers and toes if you want,but on a bigger critter than a sqirrel I would personally take the time to skin the fingers and toes out.
what can I say ,been spending too much time in the woods?!?!
Daveh, I have used artificial teeth but now use natural teeth. You don't need a jaw set for a commercial mount like you describe as only the front teeth really show. I hollow out a space in the mouth for the teeth and just when I'm ready to mount the critter I fill the hollow with Apoxie sculpt and insert the teeth. Soon as the skin is positioned on the head and face I adjust the teeth for proper exposure. I finish sewing and attatch to the base and then recheck the teeth before the Apoxie cures. John W. is correct about the beaver teeth being prone to splitting but set in the Apoxie they aren't going anywhere and if they do split I don't see a real problem as they are not really all that visable. I have sculpted beaver teeth from Apoxie that were very convincing and easy to make. Enjoy, Aaron H.