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Redoing A Dried Eye

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Bruledrift, Nov 6, 2020.

  1. Bruledrift

    Bruledrift Active Member

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    Been awhile since I have been on here. But, I had a chance to do a deer mount of my own, and I was in a rush. So, I thought it was drying good and thought I kept up with the babysitting of it, but I must have bunged up the claywork on the eye at some point because the eye is not right on one side now that it has dried fully. This is a tanned cape. Am I going to be able to rehydrate that eye and clay enough to redo it? Just wanting to see what others have done. Thanks,
     
  2. Jim McNamara

    Jim McNamara Well-Known Member

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    Just rehydrate and do what ever needs done. I turn the mount so that eye is up and lay wet towel or rag over the eye and then wrap a plastic bag over that so it won’t dry out. Takes a day or so. Once reworked it will dry pretty fast.
     
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  3. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I did what Jim said, only I used wet cotton balls and Saran Wrap to hold them in place.
     
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  4. Bruledrift

    Bruledrift Active Member

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    Thanks guys, my biggest concern is the clay. Will that re-hydrate also? I am assuming I will need to scrape away the bad area and re-clay.
     
  5. Westcoast

    Westcoast Active Member

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    Yes clay will rehydrate
     
  6. Mike Powell

    Mike Powell Well-Known Member

    Clay will re-hydrate as quickly if not quicker than the hide. I do pretty much the same as Jim and Tanglewood. I can usually rework the area after leaving it overnight.