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Suggestions from part time/busy shops

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by DeerMan43, Jan 23, 2018.

  1. kjdouble

    kjdouble Member

    Tanglewood are you saying you pay yourself somewhere between 150,000 to 195,000 a year? That's a nice income in any field not just taxidermy.
     
  2. kjdouble

    kjdouble Member

    So Cal how many hours do you have in a deer head from dealing with client at drop off all the way through to pick up?
     
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  3. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Not any more. I pretty much retired from taxidermy. I did manage to pay off an incredible amount of debt I accrued and was able to take care of my family financially. It took a while to get there and then I started going down hill physically, so I retired, but was good for a while! That was not what I payed myself, it was what the company took in. I payed myself less than half.
     
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  4. boarhunter67

    boarhunter67 Well-Known Member

    I try to prep several (6-7) deer at once. I do all the form prepping on them, remove all the ear cartilage and do the detail fleshing and sew up all holes. Then I can easily mount two per day on my days off. Doing this I can do two or three a week and do the prepping and finishing on days I work when I get off. I take in between 220-300 animals a year. I'm just a part timer so I definitely have to do what I can to save time without losing quality.
     
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  5. DeerMan43

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    Thanks, I’d say your busy. I try to do the same usually in the 4-5 range prep everything I can. Are you one that pre sculpts your eyes? What about liners if you use them, if you do, are you epoxing them in and refreezing your cape till the day before or are you putting them in the fridge till mount day. I usually like to only thaw the night before mount day. Just seeing how your procedure is.
     
  6. boarhunter67

    boarhunter67 Well-Known Member

    The day before I mount, I take two out, do the ears, put them on my hide stretcher and oil them to make it easier for them to fit because many of the deer around here are 16-17". I do the clay work around the eyes and bag the form to let the clay firm up just a little so it won't be messed up when I put the hide on the next day. I usually try to mount two at a time. I previously prefit and bondo all my antlers using tape so I can remove the antlers until I'm ready to mount and the antlers are then prefit and ready to go.
     
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  7. DeerMan43

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    Had a thought of also gluing my glass eyes in with 5 minute epoxy, just what to put behind them as far as clay? Always have put clay behind them, but didn't know how that would work with using the 5 minute epoxy. Just thought this would save some time if I had my pupils leveled and the eye is already in the form. I have 4 work stations and thought I could really speed thing up if I had an Eye in and ready to go at each work station. Anyone use this idea and would like to say how it works for them I would enjoy the input.
     
  8. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I hot glue the glass eyes to the form.
     
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  9. boarhunter67

    boarhunter67 Well-Known Member

    I also hot glue my eyes in beforehand. I level my form and draw a level line with a sharpie, then hot glue them in. Then I do the clay and bag overnight to let the clay semiharden.
     
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  10. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    The thing I like about the hot glue over 5 minute epoxy is that if things aren't right, you can remove the hot glue easier than the epoxy.
     
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  11. DeerMan43

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    So just hot glue around the edge of the glass eye? And nothing behind the eye, Right?
     
  12. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Active Member

    I just put a few dots of super glue along the edge to glue the eye in place. Then apply the Epoxy Sculpt.
     
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  13. DeerMan43

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    So I ran a bead of hot glue around the back of the eye on this am’s mount and it worked pretty good for me. One thing that is a issue is you have to make sure your pupil is level as you bring the eye up to the form. It did seem to go in well, but had to pop them out once since I got a little careless on the leveling before I put it up to the eye. I am not sure why it cured up so fast, but couldn’t straighten them up. Almost immediately after I placed them in they were fixed where they were. I needed to adjust so as I said using a dental pick I popped them out from the back of the eye pretty easily. So not a big deal. I liked this method. May try the above mentioned super glue on the next one. I should have a little while to roll them into place before the glue kicks. Like I said I liked the hot glue it just cured too quick for me, but only 1 first one trying it this way. Thanks for your replies.
     
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  14. Seems strange that the hot glue setup that fast??
     
  15. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    I set mine in clay. Minor adjustments are easy to make for 24-48 hours.
     
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  16. DeerMan43

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    No doubt, I am thinking after trying on a few here, the eyes were pretty cold and shop was a little chilly the mornings I was experimenting with this. Feel that’s why they set up quick.
     
  17. Makes sense. I have a crappy hot glue gun, if it's not warmed up enough, the glue sets up pretty fast. I would be interested to see how the 5-min epoxy would do for you.
     
  18. DeerMan43

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    Been using superglue on last few, and it’s working well just as the hot glue got to be a bit precise as you place the eye in the socket for me. I’m going to try the 5 minute epoxy soon to see those results, just like a little time to get my pupil perfect. Bit of a perfectionist, lol
     
  19. Same here!
     
  20. Paul B

    Paul B Active Member

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    I put in fridge, no problems in 3-4 days