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Forest Gump ... errr ... Forest Floor Tutorial!

Discussion in 'Habitat and Exhibit' started by LordRusty, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. Good ideas, I will have to try some of them, thanks.
  2. Critter

    Critter New Member

    Thats very nice,,, Im learning alot from this!! Thanks for taking the time to post it.

  3. Bobbi Meyer

    Bobbi Meyer I luv to ride my tricycle, I luv to ride my trike

    Hey I've got a 3lb coffee can full of coffee grounds...wonder how long that'll last me!!! LOL

    TIM DUNCAN surry county va

    great work
  5. rnviper3

    rnviper3 New Member

    great tutorial. thanks for the posting and all the time you put into it. like i stated in another post, my base work sucks. thanks again.
  6. boarhunter67

    boarhunter67 Well-Known Member

    Wow. You are definitely an artist. One of the reasons I got into taxidermy was for the art. I got bored of doing portraits and wedding cakes were getting too much work, pressure wise. I can't wait to try out some of this. Thanks for sharing.
  7. Ray Vosseller

    Ray Vosseller New Member

    here is a base that i a still working on I followed the steps you posted thanks you for posting
  8. Bobbi Meyer

    Bobbi Meyer I luv to ride my tricycle, I luv to ride my trike

    coffee.....it's not just for breakfast anymore!!!!!
  9. Man that is amazing. These tutorials are what push new taxis to strive to be better. You are a great influence. LOVE the dropings or POOP.
  10. LordRusty

    LordRusty If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

    Raymond V,

    Nice work on the base! Don't forget to enhance the ground with forest litter. Use a diluted white glue/water mix, either 50/50 or 75% water/25% white glue (Elmer's) and spray the base where you want leaves and the like to lay. Sprinkle on the dry "ingredients", spray over them with the dilute glue mix, and let set. It gives the base an even more realistic dimension! Keep up the great work!

  11. Gobblingfever

    Gobblingfever 100% PEER GOBBLER ADDICTION!!!!

    How are you attaching the horns to the base or are they just lying there freely?
  12. aElkins

    aElkins New Member

    :O Excellent tutorial!

    I'll be sure to refer back to this once I can start using habitats!

    Good work on the mounts as well.
  13. LordRusty

    LordRusty If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

    I don't know how anyone else does it, but for a shed antler ... after determining where I want the antler to lay, I drill through the base, set the antler over the hole in an natural "just laying there" position, then drill up into the antler where it makes contact with the "ground". I add a good five minute epoxy glue into the antler hole before screwing it in place.

    I attach any antlers after the groundwork is complete, so that is appears to be laying on the ground naturally. Of course it can then be "weathered" with dilute black and brown paint washes to age it if need be, and/or it can have some leaves dropped onto it, and they can be secured with white glue.

  14. Gobblingfever

    Gobblingfever 100% PEER GOBBLER ADDICTION!!!!

    Thanks Jon.
  15. Was just doing some research and thought I'd bring this great post back up to the top. EXCELLENT info...thanks so much John!
  16. alan webfoot

    alan webfoot New Member

    thats why my little shop is so messy looking I love to get out of the shop and go on collecting treks and there is a bunch lying around driftwood stacked up shoot you could sweep the floor and get forest floor litter thanks John ,I burned out years ago DEER customers and moving and divorce all took its toll but now doing what I know and liked better all along BIRDS
  17. hodx

    hodx Herman Darr

    John you are so old school...you need to write a old school taxidermy book
  18. chital100

    chital100 New Member

    It just amazes me sometimes the great information available in this forum

    Thanks leslie for bringing it to the top and especially to John for putting it up in the first place - just awesome
  19. LordRusty

    LordRusty If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

    I did! ;) The Breakthrough - Art of the Big Cat - Manual has a habitat construction chapter in it, wherein I discuss choice of grasses, dirt, trees, and such. Though it is geared for African habitat, the instructions can also apply to any habitat collection and set up.

    Also, The Breakthrough Habitat and Exhibit Manual is chock full of useful information.

    As far as habitat goes - even Taxidermy in general - "old school" is sometimes the best school. Hey ... it works for me. ;) ;D

    You're very welcome! ;)

  20. great post thanks