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How To Strengthen Fish Fill

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by slabbandit, Jul 26, 2020.

  1. slabbandit

    slabbandit Active Member

    I mounted a huge Bluegill about a week ago with the fill method. I got my fill way too wet and it's still not completely dry. Do you guys add any other materials to your fill for added strength against breakage?
    I'm fixing to try the fill method on a 16" crappie today, my own mount, but I'm only going to add as much water as needed. I mix Matuska and Tom Sexton 50/50.
    I've also read somewhere that adding a good pinch of salt to the fill when mixing will speed up the set up time, any thoughts?
  2. drwalleye

    drwalleye Member

    form my experience the tom sexton fill dries way to fast and I have a hard time getting it all poured and shaped before it starts to harden. its like a race lol. just mix it so its just wet enough to shape into a ball without water running out

  3. fishmaster

    fishmaster Well-Known Member

    Add yellow dextrine. If I remember correctly borax will slow down the set time.
  4. drwalleye

    drwalleye Member

    so if I add a teaspoon? of borax to my tom sexton fill it will dry slower?
  5. JL

    JL Taxidermist for 64 years

    Try it and then decide,before putting in a fish. Then you'll know.
  6. crablover

    crablover Well-Known Member

    Durhams rock hard water putty and cob grit
  7. ARUsher

    ARUsher Active Member

    I have been told that mixing a little white vinegar will slow it down as well.