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Alternative To Ears-deer

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Dingo.303, Jul 10, 2020.

  1. Dingo.303

    Dingo.303 New Member

    hey new here an looking over the forum an takin notes.
    but i have a Q in regards to Ears........................... Whats the alternative options for doing ears?

    i hve bought some ear liners , but having trouble with seeing what to do once the ears are turned an opened up to the back of the cartlidge....... im missing the ear lner process t present * getting shown shortly perhaps)

    my question would be - without Ear liners, using just the natural ear, how can i make the ears for final mounting? can you or do you fill it with something? do you pull the cartlidge out completely?

    sorry for the random newbie q
  2. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    421FDF6B-819E-400E-8A4A-43A520E0B913.jpeg It’s called a bondo ear . You turn ear as normal and tan or preserve. Then take bondo with a little fiberglass resin and strands and mix , or just buy the bondo hair as it’s already mix and ready to go . Then you insert into ear and shape , when it kicks you have your ear . They also sell cartilage ear liners , so no no need to pull cartilage just use glue and insert . And you have the celastic ear liner which you can shape if need be . Not sure what your issue is with pulling cartilage and inserting a nice thin liner is tho , very simple and easy to do and you have a very thin crisp ear . But there is your 4 opinions for deer and big game . Small game you have a little more opinions . Hope this helps a little. Need more info ask away .
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  3. 15pt

    15pt Active Member

    What he said
  4. Mike Powell

    Mike Powell Well-Known Member

    For a bondo ear - be sure and turn the ears all the way to the edges.
  5. Dingo.303

    Dingo.303 New Member

    Thanks for the link on the video and the bondo tip, im in australia so i will have to look that up, assuming its named different here but thank you muchly.

    having not done the cartlidge part, im tanning ears spli and turned but with the inner skin on the cartlidge, i hear i have to nick the cartlidge an use my thumb to peel it up away from the skin..

    i have some ear liners made from a heat form stuff, cant technically remember right now, from a aussie taxidermy supplie shop...

    i was thinking that for me, stuffing in some stuff an pressin it into shape would be easier than the whole cartlidge thing.... would i still need to get cartlidge out with bondo?

    thanks you blokes heaps
  6. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Sounds like your talking bout celastic ear liners , After you turn the ears out to the edges , being carful not to split them , bend the ear over like you trying to fold it in half , now take a scalpel and lightly cut across they cartilage, it will cut and open showing you it’s edge ( be careful not to cut all way thru ear skin ) now use your thumb nail and get under it and lift up pulling it away from ear skin . It’s not that hard . I have a deer to mount today so I’ll try to remember to take a few pics of the process and post for you . Take care
  7. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

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    Bend or fold ear in half score/cut lightly thru cartilage as you cut , it will start to open kinda , I cut upper 2/3rds and pull top off then I cut lower 1/3rd and pull them off in 2 sections , so it’s 3 pcs . It took me less the 2 mins to do it . Hope it helps
  8. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Awesome tutorial!
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