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Painting A Fish Form (not A Blank)

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by msestak, Nov 3, 2018.

  1. Perca

    Perca Well-Known Member

    There is a guy who lives a few miles from me who has an interesting way of producing a "fish." He carves the body from high density foam. He applies a thin layer of drywall plaster on it, lets it harden, and then applies another thin layer. He carves/rolls the scale pattern into that layer before it dries. He installs mostly fake fins that he buys but he carves some from thin wood. He uses fake heads as purchased from taxidermy supply catalogs and paints to finish. He sells them locally and online.
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  2. JL

    JL Taxidermist for 64 years

    Gene gave up commercial work since customers wouldn't pay the prices he needed. He did nice work, sorry to see him go.
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  3. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    Michael, I did understand your narrative but then it got turned into a commercial venture . It's those people I addressed and you simply can't cure stupid. If I did all the stuff that was suggested here, I damned sure wouldn't be asking $10 an hour. I'd be charging $50 an inch to get it to that "my way" crap. But then again, I was in business to make money and giving my time and talent away wasn't my idea of smart business.
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  4. Jeff Lumsden

    Jeff Lumsden Well-Known Member

    Well said Don. Couldn't agree more about Gene either! We need to take advice that stifles or tries to discourages experimentation with a grain of salt. To me new ideas that
    explore our craft is what we should be about. I think Ben Franklin said once "Nothing ventured, nothing gained".

  5. msestak

    msestak Well-Known Member

    wasnt there a product or still is a product that is used to coat the fish forms carved from the blue foam to make them stronger before the mounting process ?

    could that be used on a "store bought" form after sanding off the hard "plastic" coating from the mold? would that hold the paint ?