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Armpit Repair

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by GP1419, Apr 7, 2022.

  1. GP1419

    GP1419 Active Member

    I mounted a deer today that was cut short on one of the armpits that left a baseball size area that the form is exposed in one of the pits, what would be the cheapest and or best way to hide this without sewing another armpit on the already mounted cape, I'm thinking some type of habitat driftwood/rock/ grasses of some sort,but normally I would have used a different cape but the customer wanted to use his cape if at all possible, any pictures would be great to help get my brain going in the right direction,thanks.
     
  2. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    I would have just sewed whatever was there together, even tho it shifter the leg and arm pit , it would have been closed . And your client is aware of it so it’s not your fault.
     

  3. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    I would have sewn it up and altered the form to tuck most of the repair, if not all into the arm pit slot, which I cut into all shoulder forms anyway. Now maybe a premade habitat might work to cover or disguise the repair.
     
  4. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    Just staple a sign onto the bare spot saying "don't cut this off nex time". :)
     
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  5. Mike Powell

    Mike Powell Well-Known Member

    There’s several of the pre-made habitat pieces that attach to the back of the form and come around one side and some are under one armpit. You can add a little more foliage or moss to further hide the hole. Some customers like the habitat. Check out the supply company catalogs for ideas of what it will look like. Patching the armpit area with a piece from another spare cape (I keep several on hand for just such situations) would be a quick and easy fix, and the cheapest IMO.
     
  6. Mike Powell

    Mike Powell Well-Known Member

    P.S. on an already mounted cape I wouldn’t sew a piece but patch it in with hide paste and pins.
     
  7. Richard C

    Richard C Well-Known Member

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    I thought I was the only guy that cut a arm pit slot ? Great minds think alike.
     
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  8. tem

    tem Well-Known Member

    this must be the year for them. I got a lot of um. I sew up and mount and do what 3bears does. tuck it in a slot.
     
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  9. 3bears

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    From what I understand, you have been at this a while longer than I have but, it never ceases to amaze me that people don't realize how much skin actually tucks up in there.
     
  10. Westcoast

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    I literally just had the exact same issue on my last deer. I did a sew/tuck combo that looked pretty convincing. I think every idea in this forum would work though. I use Pro1 hide paste and know that I should have more faith in an amazing product. But the thought of skin separation keeps me awake at night.
     
  11. Crittrstuffr

    Crittrstuffr Well-Known Member

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    I got one at the tannery with that same issue. Called the customer and made him aware.
     
  12. GP1419

    GP1419 Active Member

    Thanks for the help, I will see what I can come up with.
     
  13. GP1419

    GP1419 Active Member

    Just thought I would post a picture of what I was talking about 20220408_172738.jpg
     
  14. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    OK, that explains it. that's part of the brisket missing. yep that's a habitat up charge for sure.
     
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  15. Westcoast

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    That one sucks way harder than mine did. Do you have any spare parts that you could patch in? I personally would not have used that cape but that does not help you with your current situation. I’m sure someone on this forum has a piece of spare hide sitting around their shop that would work for you. I’ll check mine but I think the best I have would be a whole other cape.
     
  16. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    That’s very short hair to top it off . Goodluck
     
  17. tazzymoto

    tazzymoto Well-Known Member

    Habitat for sure
     
  18. Bruledrift

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    At least you have the brisket!!! I took one in that the whole brisket was gone up to the colic tuft where the brisket and neck meet. I went with a new cape for that one. I'd say habitat like long grass type.
     
  19. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    FYI Any time something like that comes into my shop and they insist on using their cape, I inform them that I will be altering a form to fit their cape and it gets charged accordingly. For that one I would have cut enough off of the back of the form so that it would fit, it's not that hard and to the average person it wouldn't look much different. The only thing someone may notice is the top of the leg is not present.
     
  20. GP1419

    GP1419 Active Member

    For some reason I thought I could get it to fit, should have used a smaller form and pulled it around I guess, it was worse than I thought but I put to much time in to scrap it. Customer said do what I have to to make it work, so habitat is on the way, thanks guys.
     
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