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Discussion in 'For Sale' started by OddArticulations, Feb 4, 2022.
Sold! Please delete
Sorry but you expect to sell an animal on a taxidermy page and yet your taking the claws which is a major part of the animal to be mounted lifesize , how is that supposed to work.
wow wow WOW. I'd give a limb for one of those, but I'm sure it's out of reach for me.
If you absolutely must keep the claws for skeleton articulation, you might consider casting the claws and offering those replicas along with the pelt. The front legs especially won't look right if the taxidermist has to guess and freehand carve replicas.
Possibly, the sellers post was edited after the fact. It does indeed say that cast replicas of the originals will be provided. This is not at all uncommon. I have done two articulated kangaroo skeletons and working on the third. Claws were never provided with any of them as they went with the hide to be mounted. Claws can go either way, with the hide or with the skeleton. That is the choice of whoever has the specimen. We deal with this all the time. That is a super rare animal to be sure. If I had the skill, I would kill to do something that unique, claws or no. As the cast claws will be provided, the end result is still going to be perfect.
Thank you! I had replied to one comment but deleted it and edited the main post instead. It’s much easier to make claw casts from cleaned claws than it is if they’re still attached to the skin. Anyone who complains about having to paint some claws while having the opportunity to work on these gorgeous animals maybe should seek a new profession/hobby
What you might want to seriously consider, is to make really good molds of these. Maybe even make more than one set of molds. If you cast these and make sets, especially the fronts, I bet you can sell them. As curiosities and items of a natural history interest. I might be interested in a set of fronts for classroom work. .. If you ever come across a Giant Pangolin (Smutsia gigantea) I need a set of claws for one to replace damaged ones.
My original post was because there was no offering of replacements or replicated cast was talked about , if it were I would never have commented , painting them is a whole lot easier then casting them when you have nothing to go off of to begin with.
I think offering to sell casts of the claws along with the skin was a good move. Tbh if the taxidermist had to carve based off photo reference it would probably look fine. But like oddarticulations said, this would be a holy grail specimen, like a rebuilt classic car. It would be a shame to have a really distinctive part of the animal turn out OK when it could be near-perfect. For sure extra work for the seller, but I'd think it would raise the price a buyer would be willing to pay.
I am so so jealous of whoever gets this magnificent creature! We have one at our zoo and it's breathtaking.