1. Welcome to Taxidermy.net, Guest!
    We have put together a brief tutorial to help you with the site, click here to access it.

Half cast vs form?

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by Slick, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. Slick

    Slick Something smells fishy?

    I don't think there is anywhere I can get the billets around here. I had another taxidermist in my area tell me about them but she can't get them anymore around here.

    How does the oasis foam hold up. Will it except staples.
     
  2. Randy Miller

    Randy Miller Active Member

    George, I too am a craftsman and not an artist, so I know where you're coming from. The only reason I 1/2 cast panfish is because I don't feel there are3 any good commercial mannikins for bluegill, perch, crappie and the like, and I suck at carving. I need to be clear, however, I don't 1/2 cast larger fish due to weight and breakability, only the panfish. I would never try to fill a pike and such.
     

  3. Lydia Tanner

    Lydia Tanner New Member

    6
    0
    Could someone please explain the half casting method? I’m new to fish and just never heard of it. I’ve carved my own forms for the few I’ve dabbled with (panfish).
     
  4. Lydia Tanner

    Lydia Tanner New Member

    6
    0
    Also, what’s the best method to keep fins from shrinking
     
  5. John Stewart

    John Stewart Member

    17
    40
    Has anyone used this to carve fish mannequins? If so, how did it work for you?
     

    Attached Files:

  6. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Yes it’s great till you hit it with lacquer thinner lol
    Be careful of the foams you use as it may not be petroleum friendly. I carved many a small trout using that foam but that was many moons ago.
    Todays foam are more designed for us especially Ricks ( anglers Artistry) it’s a much better foam and a great price for beginners to advance fish heads
     
  7. John Stewart

    John Stewart Member

    17
    40
    I'm by no means experienced and basically watching videos and reading to teach myself. A friend of mine builds houses and can get me scraps of this stuff for free so I suppose it would be great for someone like me so I'm not wasting money. I appreciate the tip regarding lacquer thinner though. That'll same me some headaches.
     
    Frank E. Kotula likes this.