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Perch Body

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by Lake's Taxidermy, Jul 15, 2019.

  1. I am new to Taxidermy, can I get some help please.
    What kind of material would I use to make the body of a perch ?
    Thank-you
     
  2. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    Carve it out of foam or use fish fill. I prefer to carve.
     
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  3. Thank-you but what type of foam ?
     
  4. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    I use 2 inch pink or blue foam sold at many places such as Menard's and Home Depot. If I need a thicker body I use gorilla glue to glue multiple pieces together.
     
  5. That’s great , Thank-you so much for helping me,
     
  6. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    You are welcome.
     
  7. I have anther question if you don’t mind,
    I am going to use Wayne Cooper fish flex eyes, but
    I don’t understand how to measure the eye’s, the catalogue says to measure
    the eye after it has been skinned, but what they don’t say is to measure the eye socket or
    the eye itself ? Please Help
    Shipping costs are crazy, so I really don’t want to screw it up and order the wrong size.
    I am going to do 3 perch on a log and one northern pike by itself.
    From what I see you got a lot experience, and give some really good advice.
    Thank-you
     
  8. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    Right or wrong my method is to measure the eye socket after it is mounted and dried, I typically order one size down from my measurement. When I install the eyes I just have to drill out the mache and put a little clay in the hole and set the eyes, adjust to my liking and then use apoxie sculpt to finish around them and rebuild any shrinkage on the head.
     
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  9. Again thank-you for helping !
     
  10. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    You are welcome again.
     
  11. topnotch

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    you may also want to look at purchasing some good bodies for your fish, from a supplier. If you are new to taxidermy carving can be challenging. depending on the size of your fish, you might be able to find a good fit that would have great shape and anatomy making your whole mounting process and finished product better. I am working on a new line of bodies that are very nice and I do have a good selection of perch bodies finished as well. If you are interested in a list you can text me at 605691145 and i can send you a list of whats available currently. Good luck and have fun. Tyler
     
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  12. Thank-you , where are you from ?
     
  13. JL

    JL Taxidermist for 64 years

    I have used a lot of flex eyes over the years and have always measured the socket and put the eyes in when I have the head cleaned and ready to dry.Socket will shrink a bit but will lock in the eyes with very little finish work to do. New to taxidermy means you have an open mind to learning. Shipping is expensive, so order five eye sets at the time, of the size you will need the most. You wont have to order again for the next four fish. That's how you build up an eye inventory and save shipping charges. Good luck...JL
     
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  14. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Lol buy flints and paint your own. It’s cheaper and you’ll have an eye for any species
     
  15. Thank-you , at what point do you measure the eye socket ?
     
  16. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

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    I make my own casts so I measure them fresh as that’s what’s on my cast.