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Cape Damage Repair

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by WildNatureLuver, Feb 18, 2014.

  1. WildNatureLuver

    WildNatureLuver New Member

    How would you repair this damage, looks like it might be to large to cut out & sew together. Thank You

  2. point75

    point75 Active Member

    That's a tough one. I'm curious to see some of the suggestions. I get that on a lot of capes. I have always had a theory that deer remove hair in the brisket area when jumping fences.

  3. WildNatureLuver

    WildNatureLuver New Member

    I was going to try and maybe splice a left over piece in if I could find a area where the hair matched up some and maybe use a wall ped. form that shows the side of the deer more, could use some habitat perhaps. Don't know for sure , any tips sure would be appreciated.
  4. Football shape cut and sew it up.
  5. Mr.T

    Mr.T Active Member

    Yep, 5 minutes, done.
  6. WildNatureLuver

    WildNatureLuver New Member

    Thank you , will give it a try, did not know how large a area you could cut out .
  7. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Active Member

    I would have brought it to my customer's attention as soon as I discovered that damage. I'd take photos of the damage and contact them and email them the photos if necessary and ask them what they want done with it. Some of them are fine with having those bad spots show while others will want it fixed or remedied. If they want it repaired I'd offer them three options: 1) Those bald spots could be repaired with hair transplants for about $80. 2) Repair it by cutting out the bad spots and sewing it up, but order a smaller form and charge them $60 3) Get a replacement cape and charge them $100-300 depending on the size they want.
  8. RTF

    RTF Active Member

    Hair transplant ?
  9. LOL, your response made me laugh,
    I know what he means though, I think?
  10. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Active Member

    I cut matching hair from scrap pieces of deer hide (trimmings off the back of a mount) and superglue the hair onto the bald spot. When you get good at the technique, you can't tell where the bad spot was.
  11. RTF

    RTF Active Member

    Gotcha and your right you have to be really good at it
  12. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Active Member

    It takes a lot of practice to perfect the technique. I use different sized forceps for grabbing the hair. It has to be grabbed, cut and applied at the correct length, angle and overlay, while maintaining color and hair pattern match. Once learned though, it can make a crappy cape look very nice.
  13. WildNatureLuver

    WildNatureLuver New Member

    Thx for the reply's , the client knew of that damage, i thought it rubbed on a 4 wheeler tire but he said was like that when shot. Being far back I may be able to cut that part out & not have to alter the form to fit. He just told do what needs to be done to make it look better.
  14. boarhunter67

    boarhunter67 Well-Known Member

    If it's near the back of the cape like that I tell them I can cover it with fake habitat or get a replacement cape. Both are extra $$.
  15. Duckslayr

    Duckslayr Active Member

    When choosing a repair method, consider the location. On this cape, the repair will be at the start of the brisket where the hair patterns will be changing and do crazy things in this spot any way, so the five minute repair will not even be noticeable, especially if you card it while drying.

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  16. Richard C

    Richard C Well-Known Member

    I have seen a lot of this . Tick damage ? What do you guys think ?

    TIM DUNCAN surry county va

    allot of deer have that in that area these guys got to remember these are wild animals they are not gonna be perfect i wouldn't touch it that's natural to me
  18. Paul B

    Paul B Active Member

    Tick damage, jumping into and out of briars, miles of those dam stickers bushes around here. I get at least 10% of deer in like that. You can also airbrush a little coco brown on those areas after repairs to help hide the damage and blend the area.
  19. litefeather

    litefeather New Member

    That happens a lot during breeding. When the buck mounts a doe the brisket area is the first area in contact as it passes over the rear of the doe then as he is actually mounted his brisket is pretty much in contact with the doe front shoulder area. nonperverted as possible!
  20. Bill LaCoe

    Bill LaCoe New Member

    Had a few like that this yr, customers wanted those areas left in the mount as it was part of the deers character. Looks like tick rubs to me.