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Help With First Pedistal Mount

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Jon S, Mar 3, 2016.

  1. Jon S

    Jon S Well-Known Member

    I am doing a wall pedestal for the first time. How do you handle the back section (cape to leather or felt backing)? Do you fold over the cape, staple it like a shoulder mount, then trim it off flush to the form when it dries? Do you staple along the outer edge and trim, do you trim flush with the form while it is wet? Seems like a silly question I know, but the transition will be a spot that everyone will be looking at, and needs to look good.
     
  2. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    Do a search for more info, it has been discussed many times. I will tell how I do it though. I draw a line about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2" in from the edge, around the outside of the back. I use a cutting bit for my die grinder and cut a groove around the back, following my line. When I mount I wrap the excess skin around the back and trim it passed the groove. Make sure there is glue up to and into the groove, tuck skin in groove and pin if you wish. I often use leather for the back, cut it a tad bigger than the area, I use the same glue as for the mount, apply glue and place leather in the center and work your way out to the groove, tuck it in and let dry and you are done, or you can use braided rope over the junction of the cape and leather.
     

  3. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    I do mine a bit different. Before mounting I trace and cut a piece of felt. I mount it up and staple as normal the part that goes against the wall or panel, then pin the cape over the foam offset. I let partially dry for about one week, then I remove those pins and trim the hide right along the edge of the offset. Then I super glue the entire edge. I iron the felt and then glue it in place with 3M spray glue. Then I trim the edge with decorative rope and use hot glue to secure that. Then it goes back on the drying board and hunt until bone dry.
     
  4. Jon S

    Jon S Well-Known Member

    Thank you for the ideas, I like them both. I will search some more, but haven't come up with much. Any more tips welcome. thanks.
     
  5. Duckslayr

    Duckslayr Active Member

    Consider using rock or dirt. I've never had anyone say, wow, nice leather back in the day when I used it. I've had many react to the rock, or even habitat dirt with tracks going through it. And the best part...it's cheaper and faster.

    For rocks or dirt, I wrap the hide and staple, then cut off when dry.
     
  6. 11th hour

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    I've been cutting the groove and then spraying with fleck stone type paint. I lightly sand foam to remove mold release first. Sometimes I texture first. Fast, simple and cheap. Looks good with a variety of paint choices.
     
  7. 11th hour

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    I've been cutting the groove and then spraying with fleck stone type paint. I lightly sand foam to remove mold release first. Sometimes I texture first. Fast, simple and cheap. Looks good with a variety of paint choices.
     
  8. Jon S

    Jon S Well-Known Member

    All good stuff, thank you.
     
  9. ortegageno

    ortegageno Active Member

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    Rock mix first and let dry then mount. I cut my hide at the edge and not cut threw the hair. A good hide paste and a few T pins will do the trick
     
  10. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I took the "easier" approach with some wall peds. I just brought the hide around and glued it to the form and stapled it on the wall part of the form just like the front of the hide was stapled to the wall part of the form.
    I had to do some relief cuts where the brisket skin met the shoulder skin. It gives you a clean no frills look. It has no WOW factor like leather, rock, or painting etc., just a finished subdued look.
     
  11. Jon S

    Jon S Well-Known Member

    Hmmm. You wouldn't happen to have a picture of that would you?
     
  12. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Sorry, I didn't take any. It was extremely easy compared to all the other ways.