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Eye Trouble

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Dwb5, Jan 4, 2021.

  1. Dwb5

    Dwb5 Active Member

    So I'm going to have to rehydrate some eyes because the front corner keeps pulling. I have troubles with this on my deer. Can you give me any advice on how to keep them from pulling?When I set them they are fine then I pin them but they still seem to pull. Thanks ahead of time!
  2. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    For one make sure you form is sanded or ruffed up good , then make sure your eye skin is thinned correctly, then make sure you get hide paste all around the eye . After you set eye I push a pin in the corner and bury it . This is the most important part , adjust and babysit them for four days , reworking them as they dry , see my tutorial Bag them . It will explain it better . You don’t want your mount to dry to fast . I even spritz with water sometimes to slow it even more .
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  3. Dwb5

    Dwb5 Active Member

    Ok thank you. I bag them for 3 days and rough them. Thanks for the tutorial name. I was looked a little bit for one.
  4. Keith

    Keith Well-Known Member

    I have no experience with dp capes, only tanned. With that disclaimer, make sure the areas that are causing you trouble are not stretched tight into position. The skin should be loosely positioned in areas that might pull and drum. Even the best tanned skins are going to shrink a little if it's too tight.

    Thin and babysit as 13 point suggest.
  5. Dwb5

    Dwb5 Active Member

    Ok. They are wet tanned capes.
  6. Shawn Crose

    Shawn Crose Member

    You can also take an razor blade and thin the eye skin until you see the blue
  7. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    I only used 4, 3" japan pins on every mount. All were imbedded. Two went in the front corner of the eyes. The other 2 went in a a sharp forward angle in each lacrymal gland. Good glue is imperative.
  8. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    And push the surrounding skin towards the eye. I have never used a pin in the eye area and only had one pull away once. I rehydrated it and re glued it and it dried properly.
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  9. Dwb5

    Dwb5 Active Member

    When you say embedded do you mean all the way to the skin or something else?
  10. tem

    tem Well-Known Member

    till you cant see it. drive it deep.
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  11. livbucks

    livbucks Well-Known Member

    I push skin toward the eye and go over the tucking several times during drying, as stated.
  12. tazzymoto

    tazzymoto Well-Known Member

    Sounds like you need a shorter eye to nose . Also try sanding the manikin then apply hide paste in and around the eye socket,and let it dry then do your clay work and apply hide paste before tucking the skin. and bagging helps as well