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Discussion in 'Beginners' started by ARUsher, Apr 13, 2020.

  1. ARUsher

    ARUsher Well-Known Member

    I have always wanted to learn and do taxidermy. After reading tons of helpful information and tips on here and watching numerous videos, I finally felt confident enough to attempt my first project. Here are a couple of pictures of the bobcat pedestal that is still currently drying. I know there are a couple of things that I will do differently to improve on the next one. But overall, I am pleased with it for it being my first. Thank you to all of you experienced guys on here that share knowledge for others trying to learn!
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  2. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Very nice for a first
     

  3. Fallenscale

    Fallenscale Well-Known Member

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    Super job for a first mount
     
  4. ARUsher

    ARUsher Well-Known Member

    Thank you. I know the eyes and ears are not exactly right. And I lost about half of the whiskers during fleshing/thinning. Do y'all see anything else that I need to do differently on the next one? Thanks again!
     
  5. Vulpes Vulpes

    Vulpes Vulpes Active Member

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    Looks great. I also just finished my first bobcat. Looks like its missing some whiskers. They may just be lying flat against the face.
     
  6. ARUsher

    ARUsher Well-Known Member

    Yes, it's missing some whiskers and some are laying flat as well. Had hell getting them to stay out without laying back.
     
  7. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Pull all whiskers out and put on pcs of tape in patterns they belong , then reinstall after . Makes fleshing so much easier and won’t lay flat after mounting. Just use a push pin make hole then dab whisker end in tiny superglue gel and put in
     
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  8. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Although I see beginners issues, I have seen far worse from far more experienced. Great job!
     
  9. ARUsher

    ARUsher Well-Known Member

    Thank you Tanglewood! If you do not mind, can you please let me know what beginners issues you see so I can make sure I address those issues on my next project? Thanks again!
     
  10. Westcoast

    Westcoast Well-Known Member

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    Looks pretty good for your first! Keep in mind that the next one will be even better. Take a hair dryer and air groom it to make it look a little less flat.
     
  11. ARUsher

    ARUsher Well-Known Member

    Thank you Westcoast. I actually did air groom and back brush with blow dryer and hair is pretty much as fluffed up as it will get I think. This was a south Texas cat and the fur was not really thick. But I will try that again and see if I can get more out of it. Thanks again.