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bondo or mache

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by buckslayr, Jan 20, 2017.

  1. buckslayr

    buckslayr Member

    what do you all recommend for filling in around the skull plate on a deer mount, bondo or mache and why, thanks
  2. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I used to use mache, now I use Bondo.

  3. BONDO................hardens quicker(no waiting for finality), no mold afterwards(mache molds after awhile) Buzzi
  4. 11th hour

    11th hour Member

    I like to set the antlers or horns in Bondo by putting a glob of Bondo on the form then setting the skull cap in place and holding until it kicks. Mix it hot and it should only take a few min. Once it starts to kick remove them and set aside until the Bondo fully hardens or cools off. (The Bondo comes off with the skull cap.) Pre drill holes in skull cap and Bondo then attach to form. Then I use fast set mache to shape the rest. Just one way of several.
  5. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    Bondo alone isn't that great a choice. I use Cabosil and fiberglass chop after I mix in the hardener. The Cabosil keeps the Bondo from migrating or sloughing while the fiberglass gives Bondo the extra stength for screw holes and for screws to hole idow
  6. JEJ

    JEJ Active Member

    Bonds with fiberglass chop
  7. Wild Images

    Wild Images New Member

    Bondo Glass auto body filler, short strand.
    Use it for ears as well
  8. Duckslayr

    Duckslayr Active Member

    Mache for me. It's how I was taught, dirt cheap, never had a problem with it. Can't think of a reason I'd want to switch. (Mine kicks fast- barely enough time to do the job.

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  9. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I use fiberglass chop in my Bondo too. I keep forgetting to try it with Cabosil.
  10. I use fast antler set mache. I don't see how using bonds you can smooth it and shape it well? My fast set antler mache is cheap and sets in 5-10 minutes.
  11. Museum Man

    Museum Man Well-Known Member

    I have used mache for 45 years and still love it....I'm old school though, no other reason
  12. Mache - no smell!
  13. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    Bondo to set antlers, potters clay to fill around base prior to mounting
  14. If you are settign antlers with bondo you dont need to add anything two mintues and you are done, the bondo is strong enough with out adding glass or thickeners. Thats a waste of money, for something thats filling the brain cavity and you will strip out the wood in the head block before the bondo gives.
  15. Keith

    Keith Well-Known Member

    regular mache, with a pinch of a salt to speed it up.
  16. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I use Bondo to set the antlers and do all my skull build up and ear butt transition to the skull.

    You can shape the Bondo very easily after it becomes rubbery.

    The smell is the best part of using Bondo! A taxidermy shop without the smell of Bondo is like a candle shop that doesn't smell like potpourri or a cinnamon roll shop that doesn't smell like cinnamon. But then again, I am one of those people that likes the smell of skunk.
  17. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    That's what I do too and when I'm applying that clay, I also do the ears too.
  18. KatieC

    KatieC Active Member

    Bondo underneath the skull plate, clay to sculpt in everything else in before mounting.
  19. AZ~Rich

    AZ~Rich " Africa" never fails to satisfy

    Bondo with fillers under skull plate then predrilled and screw postioned. When ready to set it permanently I use gorilla glue or bondo/resin it to the wood, then finish off reforming and scupting muscularature with either a mache or Durarock. I use foam dust and or fiberglass chop as fillers in the bondo, plus add a little fiberglass resin to give it more strength. The mache or durarock is easily smoothed and hardens in 20-30 min. I usually have various other things to attend to so it never seems like I'm waiting for it harden enough to proceed. Obviously, some mounts with heavy headgear require more securing than lighter ones.
  20. Bondo in the brain cavity. Fix all for sculpting the rest. Very strong, easy to smooth and takes glue extremely well.