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Whoops, Didn't Pin! Can I Get A Do-over?

Discussion in 'Lifesize Mammals' started by Kate Lacour, Mar 23, 2021.

  1. Kate Lacour

    Kate Lacour Member

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    I was happy with my first domestic cat, mounted this week (cast head, wrapped body, bondo ears). But of course I had to forget to pin the face. Naturally, it shrunk and dried funny, mainly around the eyes.

    What's my best bet? I'm thinking soak just the head, sweat overnight, then pull into place and pin correctly? Is there a better way??? Thanks!
     
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  2. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Not sure why you say pin it . I use very little pins on any of my mounts . You don’t need pins you just need to use hide paste and baby sit it as it dries and make it dry slow , mist it , bag it and adjust it for a few days as it sets up . You pin things and then you have pin holes to deal with. It’s not a game of pin and forget it . You retuck and reshape the mount as it dries, so when it is dry it’s where it’s supposed to be
     
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  3. Keith

    Keith Well-Known Member

    How did you preserve the skin?
    Did you use glue?

    Like 13 point said, you shouldn't need to use pins on a mount. Usually the only times I use pins is when something isn't fitting right, and I am forcing the skin to stay in place.
     
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  4. Kate Lacour

    Kate Lacour Member

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    Lesson learned! Any thoughts on remediation here? The eyelids are the only real issue.
     
  5. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Wet it down to rehydrate is basically your only option
     
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  6. Mike Powell

    Mike Powell Well-Known Member

    Mist the eyelids with water, bag it and place in the fridge overnight. It should be hydrated enough to adjust the skin. Re-bag it to keep it from drying too fast. Check it every few hours and keep adjusting the eyes as it dries. Once it is dry enough to not move with your sculpting tool, leave the bag off and let it continue to dry completely.
     
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  7. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

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    pack wet cotton or paper towel just on eyes and lids then cover with plastic overnight no need to soak whole head
     
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  8. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

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    and pins in corners of eyes are not a problem maybe a couple above brows to keep skin from shrinking back...you can also paint inner skin and lids with some cream tan to slow drying and help prevent shrinking...works great on noses too
     
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