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Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by Rizzo, May 6, 2020.

  1. Rizzo

    Rizzo Member

    Getting ready to do my first fish Mount. It's going to be a bluegill skin Mount over paper mache . What is a good formula cure for the skin to soak in. I was going to use the 50/50 alcohol and glycerin mix I use for snake skins couple many reference photos for the paint job. Am I on the right path.
     
  2. Sotired

    Sotired Active Member

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    I really don't think you need the glycerin, it may (or may not) cause problems with paint sticking, I don't know. Borax solution works too.
     
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  3. Richs Taxidermy

    Richs Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    20 mule team borax
     
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  4. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    Put 1 /2 cup of 20 Mule Team Borax in a gallon of water. After skinning the fish, place in this solution for at least an hour, or up to 24 hours. Remove, rinse off, and mount. You can put a little Lysol concentrate in the solution to aid in getting rid of the fishy odor. Maybe a teaspoon full.
     
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  5. Rizzo

    Rizzo Member

    Thank you all
     
  6. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    I've used a DP and water solution. Ron Carter advocated using it with denatured alcohol. I've used Methanol and water successfully. IN MY OPINION, what ever you use should be dissolved in or with water to insure the gills structures get treated as well.
     
  7. Richs Taxidermy

    Richs Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Or get a capfull of cheap mouthwash it has alcohol and helps with the smell with your borax
     
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  8. crablover

    crablover Well-Known Member

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    As stated above forget the Glycerin. It's main purpose is to maintain flexibility by absorbing moisture from the air. It's use with formulan to inject bird feet is a farce. Besides attracting moisture, it will inhibit paint bonding, get sticky, promote mold and mildue growth and does nothing to preserve at all