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Recommended Glue For Bird Mounting

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by Bruce M, Sep 12, 2020.

  1. Bruce M

    Bruce M Member

    Hi. I am wondering about opinions on which glue to use for mounting birds. Would standard hide paste work? Thanks for info
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  2. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

    Caulk and super glue gel
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  3. Wildthings

    Wildthings Well-Known Member

    I don't use, per say, any glue for mounting my birds. I do use latex caulk in certain areas to fill in and tame unruly areas
  4. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I use DAP acrylic caulk with silicone in clear as a hide paste.

    I do not use this caulk or any caulk as a filler, as I have found other ways to fill that I like better, although there is caulk that works well as a filler I have been told.

    Power Grab by Liquid Nails is used by a world champion who claims it is an incredible product use as a hide paste.
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  5. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I coat the form, neck and head thoroughly with a thin layer of caulk no more than an 1/8". Also, I will cut slits in the skin and add caulk through there for 100% coverage. The skin won't move much after this, unless you physically manipulate it, allowing for feather tracts to stay in place and helps with unruly feathers.

    I use no string or much carding except for a pin with a square piece of thin card board here and there to hold any stubborn areas.

    My mounts instantly became a lot better after I started using caulk as a hide paste.

    To answer your question on will regular hide paste work; I have no experience with that, however, I suspect that some hide pastes used on deer heads might work on birds.
  6. Jim McNamara

    Jim McNamara Well-Known Member

    None neede. Just use a bit of caulk in open wings and crop and to attach tail. Little inside head skin in certain places and throat .
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  7. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    Don't get crazy with caulk in the wings. A little bit will go a long way as a filler. It takes a while for acrylic caulk to dry. If you overdo it, it will takes days to set.
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  8. twinrivers

    twinrivers Active Member

    I don't use any glue/adhesive on the bodies at all, as it prevents taxiing of the skin when sewn. I do stuff a little ball of poly pillow fill along the sides of the body, around the neck-body junction, and the wing attach points to slightly puff those areas up a bit. By not having glued those areas it allows me to manipulate the feathers/skin where I think it needs to be. Then pin while drying. I do use superglue gel for the beek though.
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