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Mountain Lion Lips

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Sekar, May 21, 2012.

  1. Sekar

    Sekar New Member

    So I'm nearing the finishing point on my first taxidermy, a mountain lion. Just finished all the sewing today, but tomorrow I'd like to go in and start the detail work on his face. I'm not sure what to do about his lips, however. As they've been drying, they've started to obtain a sort of whitish color. Would you suggest a specific type of paint (oils?) to recolor it back to black? Also, what would you suggest using to give it a sort of wet, glossy sheen to it? I've heard someone suggest clear nailpolish, but would that actually work?

    Additionally, I would really appreciate some finishing tips pf any sort for around the eyes. I'd going to be doing the final shaping and gluing of his eyes within the next few days (he's wet tanned, so I've been keeping him wet and flexible until I finally decide exactly what to do with his facial expression).

    Many thanks!
  2. Can you post pictures of what you've done so far? Maybe with pictures we can give you more advice....

  3. Heck

    Heck New Member

    Is this for yourself or a customer?
  4. get some referance potos look at the cat make adjustments as far as finishimg get the skin around the eyes and mouth tucked and done , the wait untill his is DRY dont worry about the white use laqure paint for the details and if you have done a bobcat you have done a moutain lyon cats are cats , let it dry and the epoxy and paint have fun mark c
  5. ortegageno

    ortegageno Active Member

    Damn a mountain lion on your first taxidermy project, you are a brave soul. Many people start at the bottom with tree rats, deer and other small game that are easily replaceable when you screw it up. But you my friend went straight to the top. Years from now you will look back on it and say what the hell was I thinking. As I do everytime I look at my first Squirrel. Anyhow good luck and look at reference pictures and look at all the past posts on here and you will learn alot.
  6. Richard B

    Richard B Active Member

    You are in possession of a Mountain Lion in Santa Rosa California :eek: :eek: :eek:
  7. Randy Miller

    Randy Miller Active Member

    There's a waste.
  8. I bit my tongue when I read this last night Poor cat.....

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  9. Heck

    Heck New Member

    That's what I was getting at!! Lol
  10. boarhunter67

    boarhunter67 Active Member

    It truely sounds like you're way in over your head. Nail polish, really? You can't do detail work if you just finished sewing. By detail work, I think you mean the INITIAL shaping of the eyes and facial features. The detail work comes a couple of weeks later after it's dry and you start doing the apoxy work and paint. I'm curious how you came into posession of a mountain lion cape since they are illegal to hunt in CA and until very recently illegal to even posess or bring in from out of state. Also, did you tan this yourself or send it to a tannery? Did you do clay work around the eyes before putting the hide on? Forgive me for being blunt when I say you could be the most talented person out there and this being your first mount, it won't come out any better than amateurish. If this is legal, you owe it to yourself to have it done professionally since having one legally in CA is next to impossible and a once in a lifetime event. If you have all the tags and permits, take it to a professional taxidermists ASAP, unless you don't care how it looks when you are finished and just want the experience of mounting one. If you're going to continue mounting yourself, post pictures on here so you can get some pointers as to what needs adjusting.
  11. kendall1987

    kendall1987 New Member

    please post a picture Id love to see it
  12. Randy Miller

    Randy Miller Active Member

    He/she, through this thread, probably just found out it's illegal and is now ducking for cover!
  13. boarhunter67

    boarhunter67 Active Member

    Just this year quite a few things happened relating to mountain lions here in CA. First, the law changed allowing mountain lions legally taken out of state to be brought into the state. Second, DFG released a report that said there are 50% less deer in CA than 20 years ago and attributed the drop to mountain lions. Third, the DFG commissioner went on a legal hunt with hounds out of state and shot a mountain lion. The lefties tried to get him fired even though what he did was perfectly legal AND ethical. Since they couldn't get him fired, they are trying to pass a revenge bill outlawing hound hunting here in CA as retributation. It IS possible he has the lion legally, but as I said, it would be so rare to get one, why chance it by having someone with no experience try to mount it?
  14. Randy Miller

    Randy Miller Active Member

    Quit braggin'!! LOL!!
  15. Real professional guys.
  16. Sekar

    Sekar New Member

    Jesus people! I started a flipping drama fest, calm down. Apparently I should be sorry for asking some simple questions in the beginner forum. I clearly can't get any help at all without being mocked.

    To clarify about the location, it is in California, I'm very well aware of the legalities. This is through a college, with the biology department. The mountain lion was from fish and game that was shot for eating someone's goats (yes there is all the happy paperwork to go with that). It's not a pristine high quality pelt or anything of that sort. It was dissected for visceral research purposes, so the skin wasn't cared for too well and was to be discarded, so I got to try some taxidermy through the school on a trash pelt.

    Sorry that I even asked for help, jesus. And Randy, yes, you can guess that I "ran for it" when I didn't respond to the thread within. 24 hours. Apparently I need to be online 24/7 refreshing the thread. I could also do without your snark.
  17. Heck

    Heck New Member

    Is the hide tanned? Or pickled? May be you could post a picture, would be more helpful.
  18. Randy Miller

    Randy Miller Active Member

    You were helped without being mocked. As for my "ran for it" comment, perhaps you need to develop a sense of humor. Don't take yourself so seriously. You aren't that important. Snark this.
  19. Sekar

    Sekar New Member

    whatever makes you feel better about yourself dude.