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Making A Fish Manikin

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by mbj306, Mar 14, 2019.

  1. mbj306

    mbj306 Member

    when carving a block of blue foam for a skin mount fish which trace do you cut first, the dorsal trace or the lateral trace?
  2. Dorsal

  3. fishmaster

    fishmaster Well-Known Member

    When learning it is helpful to carve the body before you skin the fish as all your reference is in front of you.
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  4. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

    Dorsal, because that is where your curves are.
  5. I purchased a couple forms, following the directions. After getting the forms, WOW what a difference in the bodies. I used my measuring tape for doing antler scoring for the grith of fish measuring, going every 2 inches of length. Form to skin was 4 inch difference, the length was good but grith of form was really big. I spend a hour recarving to come close, but I still after it larger for the customer. I measured 16 inch grith on fish, order 16 inch .
    Now wondering if fish strink up that much in the typical fish boarax tan soak to leave a 2 inch gap?
  6. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

    Jim, Fish don't shrink that much. Do your fins line up where they are supposed to go? As long as everything lines up where it goes the customer won't likely bitch that their fish is now fatter.
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