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Finished Stone Crab Table Mount

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by crablover, Dec 25, 2020.

  1. crablover

    crablover Well-Known Member

    Finished Stone Crab display. The Stone Crabs I am mounting are coming from the new aquaculture program started in Marsh Harbour the Bahama's. The crabs are being breed and grown for commercial claw harvesting. I purchased the rock and coral from a aquarium store that specializes in live rock and live reef invertebrates. The seaweed and starfish came from Brian Brew of Dux R Us. Merry X Mas to everyone! Crab diorama 1.JPG Crab diorama 1.JPG
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  2. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey


  3. Speckled Trout

    Speckled Trout Member

    I love to eat our local stone crabs. They have a similar build to these but are bright orange and black.
  4. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    I could eat that. Well done.
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  5. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

    York, SC
    Really nice
  6. crablover

    crablover Well-Known Member

    Thanks everyone! The claws on Stone Crabs are a real pain in the butt. They are very thick, and when they dry out they will explode into pieces and crack. I dried each claw in a plastic cup so when it happened all the pieces where there and could not be mixed up. Once I was sure the claws were dry, they were re assembled with 30 second epoxy and any cracks were coated with the same. Then a quick buffing with 220 sandpaper and a coat of flat lacquer over they claw. When that dried, a couple more coats to seal the claws. The sealing stopped the cracking and I waited a couple of days to make sure the problem was solved and could move on with the coloring. This happened on every claw as it dried out, so I now know and expect this to happen on large Stone Crab claws
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  7. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Wondering if you have ever experimented with giving the claws a soak in paraloid B-72 before drying them out. If it worked, a one step process to keep them from breaking would save you the puzzle assembly.
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  8. crablover

    crablover Well-Known Member

    Terry, never tried the B-72 but will when I get some more large crabs. The claws are very thick and hard on the monster stone claws. I had no problem other than time to piece them back together. I am glad it happened before they were painted and finished before going to the owners.