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Waterfowl Dead Mounts

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by allison1952, Nov 24, 2021.

  1. allison1952

    allison1952 Member

    is it necessary to wire the wings on dead mounts, or??
  2. Westcoast

    Westcoast Active Member

    If you can create the illusion without wiring then no. I wire everything because it’s just easier for me. The end result is all that matters, exactly how you got there or the products you used don’t. You make the rules for you! Hope this helps
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  3. Yes sir, wire them. Gives you more control for more realism. If it ain't real it ain't right. Also, don't over extend the wings. They dont weight 10lbs, and unless it's wing is shot up and broken, a normal dead bird isnt gonna hang with its wings and eyes wide open like you see on a lot of shabby dead mounts. Make it believable.
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  4. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I used all wing bones and wired all mounts. I found it so much easier. I used light gauge annealed wire.
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  5. allison1952

    allison1952 Member

    thanks for the imfo guys
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  6. crablover

    crablover Well-Known Member

    Allison, as mentioned above, it is a good choice to wire with any of the suggested material above. Stipped 12 or 14 gauge copper house electrical wire is what I use, since it is so easy to wrap all the wing bones with out having to use tape or thread to secure it to the bone. Very easy to work with, and can be easily found. 12 gauge copper was used on this Gadwall pair Gadwalls (3).jpg
  7. GotHonks

    GotHonks Well-Known Member

    I do a ton of Dead mounts … I pretty much only wire the humerus bone , and once mounted I give it a shake and however the wings fall , if it looks decent is how I leave them … like a real dead bird would look fresh dead on a strap .. once in a while i wire the entire wing .. completely up to you ..