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Mend Holes Before Or After Rehydration?

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Taxi12, Dec 28, 2018.

  1. Taxi12

    Taxi12 Member

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    I have a dry tanned gray fox pelt with a number of holes in it. I’ve gathered that I should lengthen the holes to a football shape to prevent puckering, but should I do this before or after rehydrating the skin? Also, what type of stitch should I use? I have a small Glover’s needle and clear fishing line but can use something else if that would be better.
     
  2. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    After.
     

  3. pir^2h

    pir^2h Retrievers give you the bird

    I use dental floss for my fox size critters with a baseball stitch. (At least that was what I was told it was called when I learned it)
     
  4. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    I use 2 pound "clear" Fireline. You NEVER mend while it's dry. If you're using a good leather needle, it will slice the skin and tear easily when rehydrated. I press the skin< hair to hair and use a whip stitch. That way when the hide is stretched, the seam is actually underneath the skin and the hole will disappear by the overlapping hairs.
     
  5. Taxi12

    Taxi12 Member

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    Thank you all