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How I made an average sized deer cape into an oversized cape.

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by wildthang65, Feb 14, 2011.

  1. wildthang65

    wildthang65 New Member

    I had a 20" deer cape, and stretched it to a 29" cape. I did this using Jim Palek's tanning method, the results come out excellent. I was a bit skeptical after talking to Jim, but I thought I would go ahead and try it to see anyway. At first, I thought his directions were overly complicated, but he agreed to send me some tan, which was Lutan F, and the directions. This process ended up not being as complicated as I originally thought it would be using the cape snake and his method of tan. You may ask, "Why would I choose such a way to tan a cape?" The reason being, I had a customer bring me a 170 class set of deer horns that he wanted mounted into a full shoulder mount, with the largest form that was available to me. He had just the antlers but no cape, so everyone here knows that a cape in the 26"-29" range is almost completely unaffordable. So I had nothing to lose, other than time, to try this method on a cape that was given to me. The results were fantastic. So now, my final results are that I sold the cape, at a good price, and a full shoulder mount to the same customer, and I made money on a free cape and on the shoulder mount, as well. If I would of had to purchased a cape that size, I probably would not of been able to have made the sale of either the cape or the shoulder mount. So I was able to make money on both ends of this deal thanks to being able to stretch the cape with the cape snake. If you have any questions regarding this process, contact Jim Palek @ Cape Snake, or feel free to contact me, as well.

    My reason for making this post is to thank Jim Palek for taking his time to help me through this process, without a dime to gain. I had already purchased a cape snake over a year and a half ago.
  2. Show us some pictures .

  3. Ranimal

    Ranimal New Member


    I would also love to see the look of the caot/hair patterns after 9" of stretch ?
  4. Museum Man

    Museum Man Well-Known Member

    thats something i thought about also...stretching out the cape would seperate the hair and should make the fur thinner or maybe look like a thinning hair man
  5. ::)
  6. Got any more tall tales? The only thing stretching is your nose.
  7. livbucks

    livbucks Well-Known Member

    Sounds extreme. I'll watch.
  8. elkmasterwyo

    elkmasterwyo New Member

    This one time, i mounted a mule deer cape on an elk form, looked kinda funny but o the stretch krowtann gives! ;D ;D ;D
  9. bill@hogheaven

    [email protected] New Member

    You dont think this is a weak attempt to advertise the cape snake do ya?
  10. elkmasterwyo

    elkmasterwyo New Member

    That would be half way believable if he'd said he made a 20 inch cape into a 22, but come on, NINE INCHES!
  11. psycho

    psycho 2011 WORLD CHAMPIONS!

    Thats nothing I stretched a 12 inch pygmy rattler into a 12 foot python... It was easy and you can't even tell that it was a rattlesnake to start with.... :D
  12. boarhunter67

    boarhunter67 Well-Known Member

    No pictures yet?
  13. redwolf

    redwolf Active Member

    I want to see a video. Pics wont do any good.
    And I want to know why anyone would want to stretch a cape that much? A few inches I could understand, but 9? ::)
  14. Brando24

    Brando24 Member

    yep i want to see pics too/video.
  15. michael p.

    michael p. Getting better with age :)

    I'd love to see the head of a 20" cape on a 29" form..............sure you can stretch the neck into oblivion, but not the face.
  16. Its cheaper just tie your cape between the bumpers of two trucks and put it to the floor ;)
  17. I have a board stretcher and a quart of plumb bob oil if ya want try it! LOL!
  18. bassnbuck

    bassnbuck better late than never

    yup find it down on aisle 3 next to the blinker fluid, sky hook, and the sumpn pump....
  19. elkmasterwyo

    elkmasterwyo New Member

    And just below the high compression bumper bolts
  20. Jake of cousins outdoors

    Jake of cousins outdoors Shoot like you're hungry!

    Well see there is alittle bit of form showing around the lip slot not much about an inch or so, and another inch at the base of the horns, and he must have been from china cause his eyes look alittle funny. But damn that big neck looks good.