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Rebuilding large mammal pads-by oldterryr

Discussion in 'Tutorials' started by Lisa M, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. Lisa M

    Lisa M Swing like no one is watching...lol

    Some of us were blessed to have known Terry Davis both personally and professionally for many years, while some of us only knew him for a matter of weeks. In May of 2008 he lost his battle with cancer. There are no words to adequately express the grief many of us felt for Terry & his family. For many months we read his “Cancer Blogs”. Through the good times and bad, Terry tried to smile and tried to help. He gave his life, his family, and this industry that he loved so much, everything he could, until he could give no more.

    I hope that in some small way, by putting the tutorials that Terry had on his website, here on Taxidermy.net, he will continue to teach, inspire, and watch over all of us. His beloved wife, Maggie, has given her blessing to this project.

    I haven’t changed a word of the tutorials. The methods described within are entirely Terry’s. I made the pictures taxi.net friendly, but other than that, this is the exact tutorial Terry had on his website. ;)

    Enjoy, and God bless. L


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    Rebuilding large mammal pads
    1) this method is only needed for larger mammals - for smaller mammals pads can be rebuilt directly with epoxy sculpt - for larger mammals like this bear it takes a lot of sculptall - it is much cheaper to be a base and then just 'veneer' the bondo - I have sank a bunch of small drywall screws to give the bondo something to grab
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    2) I am using kitty hair so I dont have to worry about it running in a near vertical situation
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    3) mix black paint into mix
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    4)Stir
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    5) add hardener and place in cake decorating bag - you can get these bags in the taxidermy section of wal-mart
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    6) apply
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    7) here it is dried
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    8) mix up apoxie sculpt and add a little baby powder to it to kill sheen- if you add too much it will kill the strength of product - it takes very little
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    9) apply on top of bondo per references (see below)
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    10) this is a precision texturing sock that can be ordered directly from me at a cost of only 29.95 - I throw in an extra for that price
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    11) texture by pressing texturing tool into apoxie - first wet the sock - let set up and you are done- model to look like you want it - click on pic to enlarge it so you can see texture
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    12 & 13) actual bear feet pics courtesy of
    Bill Meyer Wildlife Creations Taxidermy
    2314 Oxford Rd.
    Redding, Ca. 96002
    (530)722-9556 Office/Fax
    (530)604-4359 Cell
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    Bill Meyer kindly gave permission to use his photographs on Taxidermy.net via a telephone call on 5-17-08 11:25 a.m.
     
  2. Lisa M

    Lisa M Swing like no one is watching...lol

    We know the photobucket pictures are down. I've done what I can to fix it. I am at a loss for anything else I can do. Ken Edwards & Patrick J are working on it and I am very grateful to them. I am hopeful that Terry can continue to teach future generations of taxidermists for many years to come.

    Thank you for your patience.