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Rehydrating ear butts on mounted deer

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Leapin, Jun 15, 2017.

  1. Leapin

    Leapin Member

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    I have a customer who wants the alert ears moved up tighter to the rack. Has anyone had success in rehydrating the clay and surrounding hide in order to move the ears. Any procedures or experience in this area would be appreciated.
     
  2. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    yep. wrap in wet towels and then bag it and check and re-wet rag until workable.
     

  3. Taxiserv

    Taxiserv James Newport

    Injecting water into the clay w a syringe will speed up the process too. You will have trouble w the dry clay clogging your needle but just stuck w it and you will get it soft. Don't expect it to be like when u first mounted it but you can move it that way.
     
  4. Paul B

    Paul B Active Member

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    Tried it once on a mount of my own. A week with wet towels and plastic, skin hydrated but clay stayed as hard as a rock. Cut stitching, opened up seam and re did butt. Injecting may have helped but doing my way took 1 hour. A slight move of the ear may work but I was going from ear back to more forward position.