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Beginer has question on 1/2 lifesize doe

Discussion in 'Lifesize Mammals' started by Dead Head, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. Dead Head

    Dead Head If you ain't wit me your agin' me!

    Hey all, I was wondering about the best way to cut the skin as to get it on the form. I have a doe I want to mount and have never done it on a 1/2 full body mount. the head came cut off as to ship, and my cape is whole from the rib cage up except for about 4 inches on each leg and 3 inches from base of head. Was wondering the best approach to take to getting started. Where and how to cut, does it all sew or glue or what? Can't wait to get started.............
  2. Nina Lukaszewicz

    Nina Lukaszewicz Outdoor Dreams Taxidermy

    you could cut it down the back with a dorsal incision, like I would for a lifesize. less sewing than a "rug cut" where the legs would be completely spilt to the brisket

  3. Dead Head

    Dead Head If you ain't wit me your agin' me!

    Thanks for the info, let me ask one more question? Is there a trick to sewing the baseball stitch when it on the back like that? I have had a few problems with the drying the stitch wanting to spread out a little too much for me. I cant seem to get it to stay tight. Or if it stays tight it pulls the cut part of the cut to the top and shows the edge of the cut as raw. Its hard to hide that for me. any tips?? thanks
  4. verne

    verne Well-Known Member

    Shave your hide thin at the seam.hide some hide past so your not sewing in glue,when finished work the past under the seam.
  5. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    Sorry, but I'd NEVER - EVER split a lifesized deer down the back. In fact, I'd make as few cuts as possible. Does can be skinned out without any cuts except for those made on the legs from the knees to the hooves. Stop thinking about sewing the skin and start thinking about cutting the form. If you tube her out, you cut the head off the form with a "V" cut at the base of the jaw. Now you can mount the head inside the tube first and then slide the skin over the cut off neck. A dollop of epoxy glues the head in place after pinning it in position.
    Cut the front legs off with the same "V" and insert them into the hide, sew up the back side of the hocks and fold your skin back. Put a dollop of epoxy in each leg and pin it in place. When the epoxy cures, you stretch the hide back and staple it down. Your deer will have only two seams to be seen and those will be on the backside of the legs where few will notice.

    I still say no one can sew a deer dorsal cut where it won't be seen or felt . Deer hair has varying tints to it and any hair sew out of place or caught in a stitch whorl is going to show.. And forget the baseball stitch unless you want the skin to pucker just like it does on a baseball. Use the whip stitch and don't over cinch it.
  6. eb226

    eb226 Member

    George thanks for that info that you just gave us. I have two questions though, where do you cut the let cut at and is epoxy enough or should we put a rod or something in also. Thanks
  7. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    I'm assuming you meant "leg" instead of "let". I wedge them off right at the shoulders. Before I cut them off, however, I cut in a relief slot and THEN cut them off. Just two 45 degree angles under the shoulder. When I put them back in place with the epoxy, I usually "pin" them in place with two or three lengths of #6 wire. You can drive a sharpened spike into the shoulder through the hide without mussing up the hide or repairing a hole. Someone once told me "well, if it falls on the floor, this might not hold." It truly might not, but if the mount falls on the floor, I'm more worried about an ear breaking off or the nose area being crushed than I am the epoxied and pinned joint cracking.
  8. Dead Head

    Dead Head If you ain't wit me your agin' me!

    Thanks for the great info, I will try to figure out how to do it with as few cuts as possible...
  9. eb226

    eb226 Member

    Thanks George and yes I meant LEG, read it after I sent it-not good. But thanks again
  10. rcb

    rcb home is where the heart is, it's good to be home

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