1. Welcome to Taxidermy.net, Guest!
    We have put together a brief tutorial to help you with the site, click here to access it.

Carcass casting small animals-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


    [​IMG]

    Carcass casting small animals
    1) getting an extra large animal is quite a treat until you try to find a form to fit - this animal is a ringtail cat and is almost twice as big as any other one i have ever seen - i knew how to do it i just hadnt ever done it - figured this was as good a time as any to try out these 'book skills - first thing after skinning i am doing is strengthening the ball joints for freezing and trying to get them to hold rough positioning as they freeze - i wanted animal coming down a rock so i held him up and sized up where his legs needed to be
    [​IMG]
    2) same thing here
    [​IMG]
    3) put him in freezer and checked every 30 minutes to see what changes i needed to make - after 2 1/2 hours he
    was setting up good and i left him overnite to freeze solid
    [​IMG]
    4) frozen in position
    [​IMG]
    5) take the screws out now
    [​IMG]
    6) i am going to cast the legs and body separate - this is by far the easiest way to do small mammals - i have marked
    where i will cut
    [​IMG]
    7) cut off the first leg......
    [​IMG]
    8) ..... and all the rest
    [​IMG]
    9) this is a view of the rear end of carcass where legs have been cut off - the beauty of this method is the cuts are an exact match when they go back on
    [​IMG]
    10) get 100% silicone - this will cure in 48 hours
    [​IMG]
    11) get a piece of plastic paper and put a think bead of silcone down - this is the tail - i am only casting the front 2/3rds cause there is nothing to the very back
    [​IMG]
    12) imbed the tail in silicone and then cover over the top with some more - messy crap at best
    [​IMG]
    13) do the same things with the legs
    [​IMG]
    14) i am now going to make a mold of the carcass itself - ream and the eyes and fill with clay –
    [​IMG]
    15) i have put two screws in the bottom of carcass to help hold it level as we pour the plaster on it
    [​IMG]
    16) here is the carcass getting ready to be worked on
    [​IMG]
    17) you are looking straight down on the carcass and i am building a base of clay at the centerline - make sure and puts some keys in clay
    [​IMG]
    18) build a dam around animal
    [​IMG]
    19) spray mold release on everything and cover with plaster
    [​IMG]
    20) flip over and do the same thing
    [​IMG]
    21) here is the mold - fill with 2 part foam and cast the body
    [​IMG]
    22) here is the body as it came out of mold - from half of head broke off - i had planned to resculpt face anyway so it
    was no big deal
    [​IMG]
    23) cut the top off of the tail (leg) and pull out the raw part
    [​IMG]
    24) insert a wire for reinforcement
    [​IMG]
    25) spread mold open and fill with bondo - some people use hot glue for the filler in mold
    [​IMG]
    26) here is tail section cast and out of mold - like a reject i forgot to have the wire come out of the front to go into body -
    when i installed the tail on the animal i drilled a hole and bondoed in a wire
    [​IMG]
    27) nose was broken off so i epoxied a piece of foam on it
    [​IMG]
    28) with calipers i checked length
    [​IMG]
    29) drill holes to reinstall legs
    [​IMG]
    30) put them on and see if they fit like you want them to - if they dont fit well just grind some of the body off
    [​IMG]
    31) not bad so far
    [​IMG]
    32) i spray paint everything - this lets me see defects quickly
    [​IMG]
    33) this picture could definitely be clearer - after i have the legs the way i want them i put at least two marks to realign when i reattach for the last time
    [​IMG]
    34) I put him on my mounting wall the way he will be posed in the end and give it a final check - i have resculpted the face
    [​IMG]
    35) i should have countersunk holes earlier but i wasnt thinking ahead
    [​IMG]
    36) bondo and screw the legs on body
    [​IMG]
    37) another view
    [​IMG]
    38) final chance for change
    [​IMG]
    mounted and ready to dry
    39 & 40)
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
    Robert Baker likes this.
  2. PickledLex

    PickledLex New Member

    9
    0
    US
    That is wonderful, thanks for all the info and useful photos!
     

  3. Lisa M

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

    I'm sure Terry says:

     
  4. I dislike photobucket.
     
  5. deerhunt1985

    deerhunt1985 Only dead fish go with the flow

    yea no doubt! i was fixing to get into this
     
  6. Sarge

    Sarge A little too much Lord *hic*

    I just PM'd Lisa I hope she can get terry's pics up and running Ol Terry passed away awhile back and I hope they aren't lost forever there was a lot of info there that everyone used from time to time. Maybe we can get Ken to find a way to do a storage for the photos for the tutorial section so this doesn't happen but that is up to them I am just a member like anyone else.

    Jeff
     
  7. Lisa M

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

    Thanks for the heads up Sarge. I'm trying to get it fixed. I'll redo them all if need be. ;)

     
  8. 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.
     
  9. rjzn87

    rjzn87 New Member

    8
    0
    Thank you so much for posting this! I'm casting an very small raccoon right now and this was so helpful!
     
  10. nightmareonelmstreet

    nightmareonelmstreet New Member

    2
    0
    very helpful. appreciate the share.
     
  11. Watching, just what I needed
     
  12. Amberjack

    Amberjack New Member

    5
    0
    This procedure can be used for the mold of the wild boar head ?
    thanks for the reply
     
  13. kickstart59

    kickstart59 Member

    179
    0
    Just got a tiny whitetail fawn. Gonna give this a shot
     
  14. PWZM

    PWZM New Member

    1
    0
    Is it possible to make a mold with the legs on if you are doing animals smaller than a ringtail, like chipmunks or squirrels?
     
  15. tufann

    tufann New Member

    6
    0
    You might try a 3 part mold. If you have the whole thing frozen and encase it in silicone or something, you can cut the mold along the spine, and then with lines cut in along the halfway mark of thickness of the legs. So the belly and inner legs are cast in one piece, and the outer sides each get their own piece.

    Also, a tip for silicone casting if it hasn't been posted here, you can work it with your hands in a bucket of water with dawn or glycerine soap. The glycerine and water help speed curing, and you can gently knead the silicone with your hands until it's set enough to handle. I've also heard of cutting thee silicone with corn starch, but haven't tried that myself.
     
  16. pir^2h

    pir^2h Retrievers give you the bird

    I was thinking of doing a casting myself similar to what is being done in this tutorial. This gave me confirmation that I was on the right track as well as little other things I may have missed the first time I tried this. Thanks for the post.

    Vic
     
  17. Robert Baker

    Robert Baker Member

    49
    23
    From what I can tell Lisa hasn't been on here in years. Did anyone happen to save the pictures from this guide? If so I can put them up for a long time if I can get a copy of them.

    I'm sure this would help myself and others in the future looking for casting information.

    Robert
     
  18. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    Sad, but these and thousands more reference photos were lost due to Photobucket. I doubt you will ever find the originals, but it would be great if you did. Old Terryr was a regular here for years before his death. He provided a wealth of information to all who took the time to read his posts.
     
    Robert Baker likes this.