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Old fish repair

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by IDForkHorn, Jun 4, 2012.

  1. IDForkHorn

    IDForkHorn Common sense just isn't that common anymore

    Any ideas of taking the fins off of an old fish mount to put repro's on them? Any help apprecieted

    Thanks Tyler
  2. Sikk

    Sikk Member

    I prefer using a dremel with a small cut off wheel, and then attach the repro fin with epoxy and scupt the fin attachment in. But how well it goes will depend on what you find underneath for a body, could be a foam form( depends on the age) could be some kind of filler. could be an air pocket. you never know what you may find. I have also tried re hydrating and cutting the skin with a scalpel, but have found I loosen scales in the area when it swells. try a back side fin first to see what you are up against. paul

  3. usually just a scalpel works fine, dont like to rehydrate . then dremmel a nice groove for the fins and epoxie
  4. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

    x2 If done right there will be only a little blending of paint do. 3bears
  5. Some old fish mounts may have paper mache made with ASBESTOS.
  6. IDForkHorn

    IDForkHorn Common sense just isn't that common anymore

    It isn't that old, around the 1985 ish area!
  7. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    1985 is old? LOL!
  8. Heck

    Heck Active Member

    I usually just use a carbide dremel bit, cut the fin area out to fit my repro fin base and go from there. ;)
  9. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    Dremel cutting tool IF I need to take them off. But, I almost always repair them unless they're extremely bad. I always try to keep the integrity of the original mount intact when at all possible...