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Casting Seperate Fish Halves And Then Glue Together

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by Brad Hendrickson, Jan 21, 2020.

  1. Brad Hendrickson

    Brad Hendrickson Active Member

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    Does anyone cast each side separate and then glue together
    instead of casting the fish Whole?

    I mean popping them out of mold and then gluing them together after the fact.
     
  2. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Nope to many variables in heat changing the shape
    Not a good idea
     
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  3. Brad Hendrickson

    Brad Hendrickson Active Member

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    Ok thanks.... I guess if I'm just practicing and for painting its fine.. but not for a customer
     
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  4. Sotired

    Sotired Active Member

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    As I understand it, that was done some years ago (60s maybe?) The result was VERY thick (1/2 inch) fins and mis-aligned body. head. Make a proper mold and cover the flashing/fin area with your last coat of resin, it will come out aligned with proper thickness of fins. Proper use of release agents will allow easy removal.
     
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  5. fishmaster

    fishmaster Well-Known Member

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    Ron Pittard in Oregon did all of his that way back in the day. He laid them up using fiberglass cloth instead of matt and made them pretty thin. He would custom shape the tail, anal and dorsal fins when he put them together. He was an unbeleivably gifted guy and way ahead of his time. Dave Smith has many of his original plaster molds.
     
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