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Premade Earbutts Or Clay Earbutts

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Gabrielle, Jul 30, 2019.

  1. Gabrielle

    Gabrielle New Member

    Im about to start my first attempt at taxidermy. Is it better I start out with premade earbutts, or make them out of clay?
  2. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I have used and like both. My choice for myself and a beginner is to go with clay.
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  3. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

    premade ear butts are great, if you are set on a certain look and position and you take the time to set up the manikin to accept them. many are not made for their use. Clay ear butts are more forgiving and allow you to slightly alter the ear position as you go but you must pay attention to anatomy as you do, that is there in a premade butt. They both work, so I won't tell you one is better than the other, it depends more on you and your abilities and wishes.
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  4. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Your mount will not be a work of art as it being your first. It will be more like a comedy of errors. So, less than perfect ear butt anatomy won't make much difference at this point.

    I found getting the form right to accept the pre made butts more aggravating than moulding the clay for ear bitts.
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  5. Rick Carter

    Rick Carter Administrator

    Preset. They will help you learn shape and location.
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  6. Nana65

    Nana65 Member

    I keep a couple of sets of presets around to look at muscle shapes etc but I do my own from clay. I find it easier to get a natural look without as much work getting the form to take the preset.
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  7. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    Clay...you've gotta learn sometime. They are no trouble to make. Finish ear, invert skin back about an inch, press a ball of potter's clay about the size of a tangerine down into the ear, smoothing from the cartilage down, then place on a table with the ear pointing straight up and form the ear base. Do all this prior to placing the cape on the form. As earlier stated, you are not going to win any Blue Ribbons on your first deer.
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  8. mj757

    mj757 New Member

    Does anyone have a video on making these out of clay? In my eyes ear muscles can make or break a mount. Who has the best instructional video for this?
  9. edgar

    edgar Member

    Rick Carter has a very good dvd on mounting a whitetail A to Z i think is the name