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Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by Monty Artrip, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. Monty Artrip

    Monty Artrip Active Member

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    Hi, I searched this topic in the archives and didn't really come up with the answer I was looking for. I am curious as to the methods others use to achieve the natural looking trailing edges on artificial fins. I have tried various methods with some viewed as "ok" and some just plain mechanical looking. Any input is greatly appreciated.
     
  2. I only way I've ever done is use a dremel. I do use severel different tips for different angles and different areas. I use a coarse grit bit to grind the basic shape then use a fine disc to fray the edges. I also use the fine disc to cut in the tears in the fins too. I spend an awful lot of time trimming my fins to get them where I want them but I like my results so I see no need to change em.

    I'm sure there more ways than one to trim fins though.
     

  3. naturalcreati40

    naturalcreati40 Active Member

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    thats how I do them also, works great
     
  4. Ron K

    Ron K New Member

    Ito use the dremel, but there was an article in tax. today I believe on using scrap book scissors. Picked some up at Hobby lobby, Had different cuts for diff. looks , OK I guess but still like the dremel better. Ron K.
     
  5. mayhem15

    mayhem15 New Member

    i use a thin diamond cut-off wheel. I've been sing the same wheel for 2 years! i like them so much, that i'm going to start selling them soon in a set online.

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