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Deer Ear Rebuilding For Mounting

Discussion in 'Tutorials' started by 13 point, Jun 14, 2020.

  1. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    CD429246-2A39-48D6-BBE3-8BECAABC75E2.jpeg 35E5AB8B-7298-4E29-B6B3-47F64C482530.jpeg A49216D6-5CF7-4DD8-8AC7-AC9CE79B0BFB.jpeg 5A3EFEFC-73DC-471F-A1E3-ECB637EB6F5A.jpeg 7525E15A-0AE8-41C0-8383-8AE5D288CEA1.jpeg 5A326CBD-7DBE-47DF-A299-37AA73B0164A.jpeg 6AB0B001-A3B3-4BB8-A834-15137DBB86D1.jpeg So I thought I’d show the beginners how I repair/rebuild a destroyed deer ear . The ear was split and infected when it came in , I turned it as norm and tanned the cape , now to fix this thing . I use ear liners so I pulled the cartilage as norm and then cleaned it all up , getting dead edges and such off
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2020
  2. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    8EC406B3-F255-4924-B0CF-BBA6E9D78D9F.jpeg 8A51FABE-8EE5-42F3-BBCF-14BE386C20D1.jpeg 7F444CBA-FF24-46B8-87C2-C65316C8348E.jpeg E2F9F64E-AB35-45B9-94D9-7D55AF63449A.jpeg 2E380AFC-CE19-4404-B766-DFFEB31EEB51.jpeg 36D07AF6-1CB4-4B4C-9EDF-3455F4BBB034.jpeg D5EA9C53-70B4-446D-BCC2-A71FDFC2380C.jpeg C9313DBA-B645-4AFD-898C-18B93B30105D.jpeg 91F60B66-8E03-4E0F-952A-302389CCF8EF.jpeg 0CB2BC3E-4039-42B5-8D04-DC7150617053.jpeg I then soak the ears in Lacquer thinner to get oil residue off , as it’s soaking I take the cartilage I pulled off and split it and pull the opposite liner off to use to glue seams together , I then blow dry the ear and get busy putting it back together. I sew edges and glue visible spots . I use the ear cartilage skin because it’s thin and it’s tanned and already part of the ear . I pull the big split together with a couple stitches but just at the top edge , then glue the seams
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2020
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  3. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    ABACC4EE-0206-4A71-8581-55CB68DEC788.jpeg B3BCB75F-524B-432C-A098-6AF1A71DD1B0.jpeg 5B7CC825-530A-4CC3-B642-655F42922945.jpeg D0A21674-618B-411A-88CC-9FCBE80D92D8.jpeg 427962CD-5F5B-4A24-8603-E4F6EA8A9BD2.jpeg 1792FE36-E6AB-4A7B-9507-4790131002C8.jpeg FA3AFF1B-89A2-4774-B97E-2CC47B739CF0.jpeg 674ACA9C-472A-49AE-BB27-8343B8D0E2C0.jpeg I start by pushing the seams together and using the little pcs of cartilage skin I put crazy glue gel on seam area and lay a small pcs on top and push it down till it sets up , i do a little section at a time .
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  4. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    25FDA828-8EEF-462C-BE16-0EF6147F0FCF.jpeg 3B31C82D-AC84-40D0-B074-354F4229004E.jpeg 4BEE6553-97C1-4037-BC31-66A902EDFAB8.jpeg A462D30C-9170-4BA5-A7D8-51D3F449FCF2.jpeg 86FB6484-494C-4B17-937F-B6C858864F52.jpeg 54252717-3849-4BE4-9AA5-6C7DB1EA01CA.jpeg This deer had medium size ears so on the good ear I left it that size but on the repaired side I cut the liner down to give it a little room ,i then use a stout ruffer to grove the earliner so the glue holds better , I don’t set ears the same so you will never know . Then I re invert the ear and glue the liner in , and groom ear . All done , and you would never know it was like it was . Hope this helps you begginers . I’ll post pic of deer mount later
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2020
  5. Chippers

    Chippers Active Member

    Very helpful, thank you for sharing!
  6. Fallenscale

    Fallenscale Well-Known Member

    Excellent tutorial what this site is here for. Sharing and educating.Thank you for sharing
  7. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    NAILED IT! Beautiful tutorial.
  8. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    90922446-F3D6-4E14-AD86-8BD14CA773A9.jpeg EB023DE0-EFE6-46F2-BD6A-570576DE08EA.jpeg Here is the freshly mounted deer/ears
    Still have to adjust things like that eye lol , just wanted to show that ear
  9. BowDeadly

    BowDeadly "LIFE IS GREAT" It's better with a bow

  10. Museum Man

    Museum Man Well-Known Member

    great repair. Everyone will deal with one just like that eventually. Your pictorial will surly help. thanks
  11. bwb901

    bwb901 New Member

    Impressive. Thanks for posting
  12. ARUsher

    ARUsher Well-Known Member

    Great work. Thank you for taking the time to share this!
  13. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    I’m glad to help , I hope you guys can use this technique one day if you have this kinda thing come in your shop . Feel free to pm me if you don’t understand or need more clarification, Goodluck
  14. 1stturkey

    1stturkey Member

    Never would have thought to use cartilage itself for patching. What a great idea!

    Thank you!!
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  15. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Your welcome, your really not using the cartilage your using the skin on the back side of it , it can be hard to get off sometimes but not always . That skin is what your going to use .
  16. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    60F49373-4ED6-498B-A743-211A40449C3D.jpeg B0E77B36-1CE8-459D-A301-ECA99291C7EB.jpeg 3E9D0D87-1806-49E7-A622-BD9B63C534D7.jpeg Here’s pics of the finished repaired ear /mount ready for pk up
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  17. Robert Baker

    Robert Baker Well-Known Member

    Just like new. Beautiful job. Thank you for sharing this!

  18. bigbrowns

    bigbrowns Member

    Very helpful, thanks!!!
  19. woakley144

    woakley144 Active Member

    Sweet!! Great job of show how to fix them!
  20. Robert Baker

    Robert Baker Well-Known Member

    If your like me and didn't save the cartilage skin when removing it -- your tip on using a dryer sheet works like a charm. I had the opportunity to try this guide of yours this past weekend and used strips of a dryer sheet and it worked beautifully.

    Thanks for the pro tips!