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Mend Holes Before Or After Rehydration?

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

  1. Taxi12

    Taxi12 Member

    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


  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

    Thank you all