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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!
     

  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.