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pike with no teeth

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by drwalleye, Aug 22, 2016.

  1. drwalleye

    drwalleye Member

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    I got a northern in and cant find any teeth on the lower jaw. its a big 40 incher and would look a lot better with teeth. I usually can dig around in the gum line and dig them out. I dug deep and cant find any. what can I use to make teeth? I heard of plastic forks but id need to sharpen them and not sure if paint will stick to plastic. and I use silicone caulk for smaller teeth but not sure if it will work for big pike teeth. any ideas would be appreciated
    Thanks
     
  2. Cole

    Cole Amateur Taxidermist

    I use plastic fork. Will take paint far better than silicone.
     

  3. tomdes

    tomdes Me my dear and Fall BAZZ!!!

    What about many of the artificial teeth mix's to replace them???
     
  4. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    I use plastic fork tines as a foundation with a little Apoxie Sculpt to build them up to look more realistic. I've never had any issues with paint adhering where the plastic is exposed. Use white forks just in case though - lol!
     
  5. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    I make my exclusively out of Apoxie Sculpt or Magic Sculpt. Make them ahead of time and let dry. Then super glue them in place. Small teeth use whie caulking.
     
  6. JL

    JL Taxidermist for 64 years

    I'm with Cecil. Epoxy sculp rolled out on a piece of plastic film. When it begins to set up I take sharp knife and score out the teeth I need...shapes..and sizes and let them harden. Then snap them off as I need them and superglue them in place. You can even mix a bit of white or bass belly white lacquer into the mix as you work it up as a base color. Just sand the rough edges if you need to and finish painting them. I make shark teeth the same way to fit a repro. Good luck JL
     
  7. drwalleye

    drwalleye Member

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    thanks I will do the epoxy tonight great idea
     
  8. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    Just tell your customer that he/she caught a really old pike and they lose their teeth when they reach a certain age. A true trophy - lol!
     
  9. den007

    den007 Active Member

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    I have to wonder about water based paint adhering to a plastic fork. I have not used these, most the old Bond0 Pull technique, but I would think the plastic would make water based paint bead up unless coated with Mod Podge or something.
     
  10. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    Maybe it doesn't matter as the teeth are kind of white anyway and the real teeth get white overspray on them when painting the inside of the mouth?
     
  11. JL

    JL Taxidermist for 64 years

    So Cecil does this mean you don't clean the overspray in your mounts?
     
  12. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    WHITE over-spray in the mouth of a pike can probably slide by JL - lol!
     
  13. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    No I'm a liberal, we don't worry about the small stuff JL. LOL
     
  14. Mark V.

    Mark V. Chinook Salmon replica

    Pike lose their teeth in the winter usually and grow back by spring. I use bondo and gelcoat to recreate them on replicas. Mark V.
     
  15. Sounds like this pike had an issue.....maybe I can get my lab technician to make him a nice set of pike dentures......