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Hide paste or not?

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Whitetail906, May 13, 2016.

  1. Whitetail906

    Whitetail906 New Member

    Just a quick question in regards to mounting a squirrel. Do most taxidermists use hide paste on them. I have seen videos and posts here and there, and some do and some don't. I've already tanned the squirrel, and have my form. Thanks for any suggestions.
     
  2. I use hide paste on mine
     

  3. MooseFriend

    MooseFriend Just a moose from Canada, eh?

    Can you use another type of glue? Like, maybe white glue or wood glue? I don't have access to hide paste, atm.
     
  4. Duckslayr

    Duckslayr Active Member

    Latex calking


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  5. Whitetail906

    Whitetail906 New Member

    Thank you very much! I will give the caulk a try. I usually use dextrin paste and McKenzie hide paste on deer, but have never used caulk. But I will give it a try. I appreciate the feedback.
     
  6. DDavis

    DDavis Active Member

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    I use hide paste on mine
     
  7. pir^2h

    pir^2h Retrievers give you the bird

    I tried the caulk once because I saw it on a instructional DVD. It worked and in a pinch I would use it again but I think you would be better off just buying the hide paste. But, to each their own. My two cents worth!
     
  8. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    If you DP a squirrel, you must find out if your hide paste is DP compatible. I have done them with and without hide paste and the the main difference in the finished mount I have found is that one has hide paste under the skin and the other doesn't. Meaning I see no difference at all.
     
  9. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    I use hide paste only in the legs and on the face of small mammals. Derma-Grip is my hide paste of choice.
     
  10. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    I'm with Joey here. Even the legs are sometimes questionable. On a small animal like that, I'll ask the question that Tommy Ray once asked me:"So where would the skin move to if you didn't use paste?" I use epoxy paste on the face so that I don't get drumming around the eyes and the lips don't pull out.
     
  11. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    George, you put that question out here several years ago. That made me rethink hide paste on small critters. I do the same as you and use a two part hide paste on the head and that's about it. John David does the same thing. I think he's done a squirrel or two over the years.
     
  12. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    LMAO Yep, at least a couple of weeks.
     
  13. ortegageno

    ortegageno Active Member

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    The only reason I use hide paste is so the darn skin slides on. Lol
     
  14. No paste on squirrels, a little super glue gel in the lip slot, few pins around ears and eyes.