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Advice Hiding Stitches On A Skunk

Discussion in 'Lifesize Mammals' started by Trapper2016, Jun 27, 2019.

  1. Trapper2016

    Trapper2016 Thanks for this awesome forum!

    Hello everyone,

    Hope your having a good day. I am hoping you might be able to help me out on what probably is an amateur problem. I recently mounted up my first spotted skunk and went with the handstand pose. It turned out okay and the main issue I have is the stitches on the tail. Unfortunately in the pose I wanted (personal mount) the tail is rather front and center and so to is my stitch line. I know its not great and it shifted as it dried making the seem uneven. I will make sure that doesn't happen in the future, but I am not sure what to do about the stitch line. I would like for him to be seen from all sides. I considered maybe trying to use the invisible stitch on it, but the hide was so thin it just kept ripping through. So i just used baseball stitches. Once he finishes drying I was considering maybe using white apoxie sculpt and trying to texture it to appear something like little hairs. I was just wondering if any of you out there have ever dealt with a similar issue and had good success hiding the seem. I took a quick picture to illustrate it. Its not great resolution, but you can see what i mean from it. skunk tail.jpg

    Thanks for your time
    Chris
     
  2. Super glue closed.
     
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  3. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    Pooh. This one is tough and another reason I always preferred DP on small critters. I would probably use clear acrylic caulk and black flicking material on this one.
     
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  5. Trapper2016

    Trapper2016 Thanks for this awesome forum!

    Thanks for the advice guys. I didnt even think about that. Will know better on the next one. I will give the caulk a try George.

    thanks again
     
  6. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    Are you saying you liked dp because you wouldn't open the tail then?
     
  7. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    I preferred DP (or denatured alcohol) because it reduced work, it allowed me to mount animals instantly after skinning/washing, and most of all because it worked well.
     
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  8. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    I wasn't insinuating that those methods don't work George. I have not used them on mammals. My question was if you opened the tails completely on a critter you used those methods with or not.
     
  9. WLELTD

    WLELTD Active Member

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    guarantee u need to open tails ,alot of fat , and on skunks that means skunk smell
     
  10. WLELTD

    WLELTD Active Member

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    smaller thread ,smaller the better
     
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  11. byrdman

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    with the handstand pose cut tail on top not bottom then curve tail forward and stiches wont show but at the point your at paint with flat black paint and black "goose head" flock
     
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  12. Trapper2016

    Trapper2016 Thanks for this awesome forum!

    Thanks Byrdman. Another great idea i never thought about doing.