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Homemade Cape Stretcher

Discussion in 'Tutorials' started by woakley144, Mar 7, 2020.

  1. woakley144

    woakley144 Active Member

    Fabricated this today. I saw it somewhere and thought it would be a simple tool to make...

    $10 scissor jack from the wrecking yard
    scrape 1 1/2" square tubing
    a steel plate for the base
    2' of schedule 40 PVC pipe
    misc bolts nuts & washers

    It works pretty good and if you have to stretch any cape it holds it good enough to get about 2-3" out of the neck area.

    One thing I forgot, be sure and get a scissor jack with the nut for to raise instead of the one with the hole for the handle.

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  2. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    Very neat! I have one made from a hydraulic jack years ago. I place every cape on it after bondo-ing the ears and forming the clay ear butts. I apply glue to the face and upper neck, and the cape goes straight from the stretcher onto the mannikin. Mine is more to "relax" than to stretch. Most of my capes fit the form, the stretcher just makes it easier to get the cape on and taxi. Thanks for posting!
     
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  3. woakley144

    woakley144 Active Member

    That's more what I use it for joeym to make it easier to get the cape over the form without destroying the eye & ear clay work.....
     
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  4. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    Here is one I built ages ago, I use it on every deer I mount:
     

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  5. What a great invention!!
     
  6. countrycritter

    countrycritter Active Member

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    image.jpg image.jpg IMG_1926.JPG IMG_1928.JPG IMG_1930.JPG This is my cape stretcher I made last year. The pictures are out of order the first one should be the last one after the cape was stretched. Works great cost less than $20 and get a little cardio out of it too. You can see I get great stretch out of it from 14" to 20" I just "saw" the skin back and forth from the inside.
     
  7. not sure how you do it
     
  8. slamnationalley

    slamnationalley New Member

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    I made one out of a couple 2x4's (30" long) plus a 2x4x4" spacer. I added a door hinge at the end and connected it to the spacer and one of the 30" long pieces. I then slide a car jack inside and jack away. The taper seems to work with the taper of the neck. This thread with the scissor jack is right on track as well. Thanks for the insight.
     
  9. Ramsey taxidermy

    Ramsey taxidermy New Member

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    Does the hide relax back to it’s original state so to speak? I am new to taxidermy
     
  10. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    It goes on a mannikin immediately after coming off the stretcher.
     
  11. Ramsey taxidermy

    Ramsey taxidermy New Member

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    I under stand that but what’s the point of stretching the hide of the form you orders is for that cape?
     
  12. jake7719

    jake7719 Well-Known Member

    I used an innertube from a back tier of a garden tractor( SIZE ? ). I would use a "short Y incision" and sew it up, fold the innertube in half and stuff the innertube inside the cape with the valve out the mouth. I added an extension on the valve steam with a small ball valve to close off and "dump the air out" after.

    Blow it up, after ear work. Set and then remove antlers. Do the clay work after the hide is on. Pull the cape on all the way then back off to pop the head of the manikin out the "Y" incision "remove stitching".
     
  13. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    To relax it for an easy fit.
     
  14. woakley144

    woakley144 Active Member

    Ramsey, It's not really to stretch the cape as much as it is to relax it as joeym said.
    I was having problems with messing up my eye work when I put the cape over the head. It just makes the cape easier to pull over the head and maybe give a little more at the seam to sew the wye cut.