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Silkspan Woes!!

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by slabbandit, Aug 2, 2020.

  1. slabbandit

    slabbandit Active Member

    Since I have taken my fish taxidermy back up after I lost my shop to a fire back in 2014, I have had a terrible time with my Silkspan! I really think the quality of it has drastically changed. It won't absorb the Dermagrip Fish and Fin glue readily that I have always used. I can't remember which supplier I purchased this piece from but it's awful.
    I'm trying lens wipes on a large bream of my own and it soaked the glue really well. I hope it dries as transparent as my old Silkspan used to. I always have used the Dermagrip and would like to keep using it. But, I'm willing to try other options.
    Also, the last few fish I have done have ended up with wavy tail and pectoral fins. My fish have been drying under fan for at least 2 weeks. I also have applied 3 total coats of spray lacquer to my fins to seal them first.
    Any thoughts? Let me hear 'em!
  2. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

    York, SC
    I use spray shellac prior to adding lens wipe tissue
    Works fine for me

  3. slabbandit

    slabbandit Active Member

    Clew, what type of glue are you using with the lens wipes?
  4. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    I use surgical tape on fins. Then coat with latex fin flex.
  5. slabbandit

    slabbandit Active Member

    Working on fins this morning