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Nictitating Membrane...

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Fogelberg Fan, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. Hi,
    I was wondering how many of you take the time to recreate the nictitating membrane in your mounts. Most of the commercial mounts that I check out here in Wisconsin have none. Also, if I were ever to enter a competition would it be detrimental to my score if they were not present? Thank you.
  2. Yep they go into all of my commercial work....and yes if you do not have them in your competition piece you will lose points.

  3. Buckhorn TS

    Buckhorn TS New Member

    Every one of my mounts get them if they had them put them in.

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  4. Duckslayr

    Duckslayr Active Member

    I have always put them in, as it was how I was taught. It takes very little time and customers who know taxidermy will look for it.

    That being said, I've seen nictitating membranes, rebuilt nose nodules, even septums in poorly mounted heads and they don't help a bit! Don't miss the forest for the trees, the basics are always the most important!
  5. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

  6. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I've always sculpted them in. Recently I started using the reproduction ones and found that I like them better and they are more realistic looking. They only cost about 2.50 a pair and take only a few seconds to install. I see no reason NOT to put them on commercial mounts. I figure they were there when it was alive, so why not put them in when I go to bring it back to life.
  7. antlerman

    antlerman NTA Life Member #0118

    I've used the real ones dried over a glass eye, I've sculpted them, I've even left them on the skin and tanned them right along and used them intact. I've used film negatives before. I've never used the plastic ones, but whatever you use.....PUT THEM BACK IN.
  8. verne

    verne Well-Known Member

    Never used the coombs eyes with the membrane ; any comments on the finished product , for or against ???
  9. No nicitating membranes or septums on my commercial mounts. I'm going to hell.
  10. shammy

    shammy New Member

    Yep, always
  11. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    I did years ago and they looked fine. No white showing on inside corner. They cost about $21 per set though.
  12. michael p.

    michael p. Getting better with age :)

    Sometimes they get them, sometimes they don't.... all depends.

    Just my 2 cents, the Coombs eye with the membrane built in sucks. Y'all do realize that the eye and membrane are 'separate', so ANY rotation of the eye other than a straight forward makes the eyeball shape wrong. I want freedom, not restrictions in how I set my eye.

    $2.50 for a little piece of plastic? I don't think so! LOL
  13. verne

    verne Well-Known Member

    thanks ,I always just make my own , out of apoxie .
  14. antlerman

    antlerman NTA Life Member #0118


    Yes you are Mister. You better repent before it's too late.
  15. Steven Klee

    Steven Klee Steven Klee Studios

    Well the plastic ones are actually $1.95 through the original manufacturer, OTS. I will never sculpt another nic. membrane for commercial work. It takes all of 3 seconds to push a plastic one in place after an eye set. At less than a dollar a side it saves me that much in time alone.. Plus you still have the freedom of rotation Michael P. mentioned.

    best Steve
  16. ljones

    ljones 1994 wasco award winner

    I never have and never will , in the thousands of mounts I have done I have never had a customer say a word about septums or nicitating membranes
  17. antlerman

    antlerman NTA Life Member #0118

    Wow...that's like leaving all the ticks in. Never had a customer ask if I remove them, but I do.
  18. ljones

    ljones 1994 wasco award winner

    Don't have anything against you guys that put them in more power to you , just never have done it and don't plan on starting now ,I charge $520 for a basic shoulder mount with no ticks no septums &no nictatators , I like that word too

    I choose to spend my time on things the customer will notice ,not stuff you have to have a flash light or magnifying glass to see
  19. Well, I'm just a newbie from Wisconsin, but I do them with Apoxie sculpt just like i learned from Rick Carter A to Z video. Takes no extra time (o.k. Maybe 10 seconds) as I am already touching up with the Apoxie.
  20. No ticks and no nictatators. Like that word nictatators. Sounds redneck I'm going to start calling them nictatators !!! I do use a repo nose on all of them though. I hate carving out the inner nose

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