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Mold Or Blank?

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by stickandstring96, May 3, 2020.

  1. stickandstring96

    stickandstring96 New Member

    Hello everyone, I’m just starting to get into doing replica mounts and have a few questions. I would like to do a steelhead eventually, but they are only catch and release here. What are my options for casting a mold without an actual fish? I know there are commercially available blanks, but I ultimately would like a reusable mold.

    Also, if I do end up purchasing a blank, what do you all recommend? Keep in mind this will be one of my first projects. I’m new to fish replicas but have dabbled in air brushing in the past. Thanks in advance.
  2. jimss

    jimss Active Member

    Your post is a little confusing? You need an actual fish to make a mold.

    There are a lot of options for steelhead blanks. It's a matter of finding one the right length and girth that looks similar to the one you would like to replicate. Not all blanks are created equally. You usually get what you pay for. Some have a lot better detail and fewer flaws. Some may take a lot of work to get to the point of painting (grinding seams and fins, adding details to head, etc). As an example, Lake Country replicas have a range of prices for rough to premier blanks. The premier line are just about ready to paint.
    Last edited: May 7, 2020

  3. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    No you can’t buy a blank and mold it. It’s a copyright and now your breaking the law. So many taxidermists don’t realize this and cast them for profit. And no you can’t buy one alter it and then remold it and claim it yours. ( old archives Dan Chase) look it up.
    If you want a fish, contact outfitters or join FB pages for steelheads and ask them to donate one to you but add you pay the overnight shipping. Or if you know a fisherman, ask them. Otherwise you have to buy the blanks like us law abiding taxidermists.
    Last edited: May 4, 2020
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  4. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

    York, SC
    Guys that make a good repo have time and money in these
    Besides the copy write laws
    It an ethical issue here
    Would you actually feel good coping someone’s workDont think so
    It’s a real great feeling knowing you did the work yourself
    If you can’t find a fish to mold buy a repo
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  5. NOAH@aarrkk

    [email protected] Active Member

    When I was living in Juneau Alaska, I bought a steel head at the local grocery store. You might check on the internet and find a source and have it shipped overnight.
  6. jimss

    jimss Active Member

    I wasn't aware that you can't legally mold a replica so deleted that from my post above!
  7. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    I am raising steelhead now but they are only up to 3 lbs. (18 1/2 inches) so far. Not bad for 1 year 3 1/2 month fish though. (Hatched them January 2019) These fish are amazing fast growers compared to my brooks, browns, and tigers. I wouldn't be surprised if they are 5 to 7 lbs. by fall.

  8. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    There are guys out there that sell their molds from time to time.
  9. JE

    JE Well-Known Member

    If it is for yourself, then just buy a suitable blank, no need for a mold unless you intend doing/selling more down the line.
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  10. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Here you go. If your looking to buy as I would a good fish for casting then buy them from Cecil.
    Truly one of the best fish you’ll get for casting or competition mount without you trying to catch one but if you live close to him , he might let you catch a few !!

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