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Bird neck wire

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by remi700, Feb 1, 2017.

  1. remi700

    remi700 New Member

    Hi, I watched Shane Smiths videos on the mckenzie website. He mentions using soft wire for the neck. Anyone know what it was, seemed to bend real easy but yet it was strong enough to support artificial head. I was thinking thick garden tie wire? Im in the UK so might not have access to all the supplies available in the US. Thanks Mark.
     
  2. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    Copper electrical wire is what I use.
     

  3. BDA

    BDA New Member

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    I use soft annealed wire used for trapping. At least in the states you can just Google trapping or trappers wire
     
  4. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I use annealed and copper.
     
  5. AFTHUNT

    AFTHUNT Active Member

    Copper electrical wire is what I use. X2
     
  6. iowahunter222

    iowahunter222 New Member

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    what gauge of copper electrical wire?
     
  7. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    iowahunter222 typically 12 gauge but depends on the bird and length of neck.
     
  8. ryan rhodes

    ryan rhodes Active Member

    I use annealed wire for everything except my support wire.
     
  9. Wildthings

    Wildthings Well-Known Member

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    Where's the best deal on annealed wire?
     
  10. nate

    nate Active Member

    Minnesota trapline products
     
  11. bucksnort10

    bucksnort10 Well-Known Member

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    be careful with sizing for bigger birds/longer necks ...
     
  12. iowahunter222

    iowahunter222 New Member

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    Thank you!
     
  13. remi700

    remi700 New Member

    Thanks guys!
     
  14. Dave Byrd

    Dave Byrd Active Member

    Clothes hanger wire. My other job requires a lot of dry cleaning so I make use of all the extra wire hangers.
     
  15. pgust

    pgust New Member

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    When I first started taxidermy in the 70's in Limestone , Maine, I also used clothes hanger wire; however, before using it I threw them in the fire in my fireplace to remove any temper they may have had and then used steel wool to clean them up, straightened them and stored them in a plastic pipe for future use. A light coat of gun oil kept them from rusting. Seemed to work great and was cheap.
    We also used the old empty toothpaste tubes flattened out and cleaned for thin ear liners. AH - the good old days.
     
  16. boogger47

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    for those looking for black annealed wire TASCO SUPPLY, has it in 16ga.thru8ga. MATUSKA TAXIDERMY supply also sell's it.
     
  17. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    So does Research Mannikins.
     
  18. Twin6144

    Twin6144 New Member

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    All the suppliers sell annealed wire, its fairly inexpensive
     
  19. 10 gauge electrical wire