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Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by weidlich, May 31, 2009.

  1. has anybody done one and were to buy a body any input would be appreciated
  2. Can't help you with the forms mate but I do have a good pic of one.


  3. Judysan

    Judysan The Roadkill Queen

    Seems to me GravityKills has some, has done one, might know something? I can't remember, it was a while ago.
  4. Skin needs to be tanned.
  5. Glass eye

    Glass eye Active Member

    I did a Rhea and carved the body from foam.

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  6. You need to carve your own. All I have ever found as far as pre-made forms are for ostrich. Their body form is simple, easy to carve and shape. I actually did a half lifesize mount, was simple enough.

    NICE mount, Glass Eye!
  7. bowerbird

    bowerbird New Member

    Have done a few over the years, and have foam body and cast head as well.
    Contact me if you wish on [email protected]

    As pointed out ,they need to be tanned, they are VERY fatty, l skin wheel and wash in detergent first, then salt the skin.
    The legs are removed at the knee on the fold line, slit open all the way down the inside, tendons removed and toes opened up and put into a pickle
    After the skin has been salted for 24 hours, l re-rinse wash and place the skin in a pickle
    So that rods can be placed up the inside of the leg, a portion of the upper tibia is removed longitudinally to allow sufficient diameter of the leg rod to support the mount
    l mount the skin over the manikin, then come back and attach the legs last, sew the leg incision
    As with Ostrich and Rhea there bills will shrink and warp as they dry.
    When the mount is dry l sculpt epoxie and texture the knee seam and leg incision
    Hope this helps and hope you are charging well

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  8. rod hull would be proud'
  9. Daniel M.

    Daniel M. Tongo, the best dog in the world. (Saarloos)

    You guys do know that Research has a male Rhea form, right?
  10. robolson

    robolson www.frozeninflight.com

    Glass Eye, that rhea is AWESOME!!
  11. Daniel M.

    Daniel M. Tongo, the best dog in the world. (Saarloos)

    That is a very good rhea. I hope mine turns out even close to that good! Here are some pictures of the form that Research carries. Daniel.

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  12. why would you tan it never done one