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wrapping mammals

Discussion in 'Lifesize Mammals' started by oldterryr, Aug 27, 2007.

  1. oldterryr

    oldterryr Terry's in Heaven with no worries at all.

    McKenzie sent me a bobcat without a leg - i had some excelsior for when i learn to wrap mammals - thot what the heck have a got to lose so i got some wire and started with the leg that i had as a model - came out okay and i got him mounted okay - i have a couple of ?'s for you vets - how do you get it to stay flat (like the top of a bobcat leg) as opposes to oval - i tried compressing in vise and that hleped but not the exact look i wanted - i bent wire 3 times to give it rigidity and then put to wires thru foam body and twisted wire together on top of manniken and buried wires and sealed with bondo

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  2. cyclone

    cyclone Posts: 400001

    You model it after the real leg. That is, wrap muscles. Roll a log of excelsior between your hands like a big ole stogie, tapered on each end, add to the front or the back of the leg as opposed to the inside or outerside..One muscle group at a time. ;)
     

  3. Are you working with the excelsior wet or dry? working with it wet gives you much more control. it compacts better and bries harder, soak some in a bucket and squeeze out as much excess water as possible. you will be amazed at how much easier it is to work with.
     
  4. Jim B

    Jim B Active Member

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    Terry,you can do some shaping of the excelsior by sewing through it,back and forth with some cotton string and a large needle.This is also how you make that indentation between the backstraps and gut.Another way to wrap a leg on bobcat and larger animals is to cut a perfect silhou
    ette of the leg from 1/4" plywood and put a thin layer of excelsior on each side then wrap that.It should make a flatter leg.With the pywood core,you only need a short threaded rod on the foot end.You can also cut out that hollow space in the hock,using the plywood core.Of course carving a leg from foam and installing a rod is also a god way.You could also pour foam on each side of a plywood silhouette and carve that.If you can find some of the old Leon Pray manuals,there is a lot of good info on excelsior wrapping.
     
  5. Richard C

    Richard C Well-Known Member

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    All of the above plus you can make it stronger by soaking the finished , (dry) wrap job in amber shellac and let it dry before you use it .
     
  6. Why not get McKenzie to send you a leg or a new form.
     
  7. Mr.T

    Mr.T Active Member

    A plaster mold of the other leg filled with foam and a rod.