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Do you do both eyes on a standard mount?

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by Trophy Specialist, May 19, 2009.

  1. I do both eyes

    104 vote(s)
  2. I only do one eye on the show side

    30 vote(s)
  1. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    Up until this point I've been doing both eyes. I've got a bunch of fish to work on for the next two weeks, and I'm debating if I want to go through the extra work of finishing both eyes when only one eye shows on the show side.
  2. Kevin Halle

    Kevin Halle Well-Known Member

    Why would you only do one eye ???

  3. Trophy Specialist,
    The show side gets a good painted lens, glass eye or flint.
    The back side, I sculpt in the eye set and paint. By doing this I save a few bucks and the customer still gets 2 eyes. It is not hard to do and the back side looks pretty decent this way.
    Not sure how I vote ?
  4. Pescado

    Pescado Biggest in 2011

    One side, one eye. Two sides , two eyes. With the exception of a drastic curve , which I seldom ,if ever do, one eye is all a wall mount gets. I'll never understand the need for the wall side to have an eye. I do not waste paint back there either. I would rather leave it unfinished , but clean, so they can appreciate what the front side looked like until some sculpting and paint was applied.

  5. I agree 100% Pescado.
    Im a one eye wall guy as well.
  6. A- Fish

    A- Fish Stehling's Taxidermy

    We do both eyes. Two eyes are pretty much industry standard, at least if you do work for other taxidermists.

    I do understand the logic of one side/ one eye though. Makes sense.

    GBRUCH "I am nothing without christ".....John 15:5

    one eye on wall mount unless they pay to finish the backside.
  8. duxdog

    duxdog Active Member

    :D :D :D :D Here we go again. ;D LOL, Same here one side, one eye. Two side or drastic curve, two eyes.
  9. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure I understand. Do you just use sculpturing compound on the back side to form the eye without installing an eye?
  10. Trophy specialist,
    Yes, I place a small ball of sculpting compound in the eye socket. Then I sculpt the eye set in position. Does not take very long. Then when it has dried I paint the pupil and finish the eye. The time and material cost is very minimal.
    I am not concerned about giving the customer that 2nd sculpted eye and many customers have commented on this, so I feel it is well worth it...but I am just........a part time guy.. ;)
  11. Actually Dondi thats really similar to what I do as well.
    Normally I dont paint a pupil on the other side, but I do build the shape.
    Some fish like walleye get more detail because they have wonky bug eyes.
  12. An analogy might be....
    If I go to a Diner and order a cup of coffee for $.75
    But...if I want cream in my coffee its $.85 and cream and sugar its $.95
    I don't think its come to that yet but, maybe thats where we are headed.
    Yes, it is a slight cost increase for the owner, but little things keep the customer coming back...if you know what I mean..

    I thought thats what you did..
  13. thunder

    thunder New Member

    You guys better look out i only put one eye in a fish once.and he ran into a wall :'(
  14. J_Guid

    J_Guid New Member

  15. Cole

    Cole Amateur Taxidermist

    I'm just glad someone finally asked the question. I've been wondering for quite some time what the answers to this question would be.
  16. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    Adding an eye on the non-show side is very cheap when compared to the time lost explaining why an eye is not there every time someone picks up a fish. If the cost of that eye created a financial hardship for me. I'd be in serious trouble anyway.
  17. Monty Artrip

    Monty Artrip Active Member

    I'm with you, Joey. I like to make the back side appear somewhat fiinished, but I don't put much time into it. Cost is minimal, and my thought is that customers will look the fish over thoroughly when they get it home out of curiousity.
  18. pyeager1

    pyeager1 Active Member

    I have to agree with Joey. The first thing the customer does is turn the fish over and look at the back side it seems. I used to just set one eye, but for the last several years have been adding both just to not have to answer the question of why. ;) :)
  19. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    I do what Josh does. I quickly sculpt in a fake eye and scolateral band with Apoxie Sculpt. At the painting stage I blacken it. It's actually very hard to tell that there isn't an actual eye unless you look closely. Thirteen years doing it this way now and yet to have a complaint. Bottom line is do what you feel is important to you...
  20. Manny

    Manny New Member

    One eye show side, back side I sculpt one in. ;D