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How To Wrap Mammal Bodies?

Discussion in 'Lifesize Mammals' started by GuessWh0, Jun 3, 2022.

  1. GuessWh0

    GuessWh0 New Member

    Sorry if this incorrect place to post but I was wondering if there were any tutorials on how to wrap bodies for mammals, Ive looked on the forums but couldnt find much, Ive got a fisher cat and a raccoon Id like to mount in a pose that I couldnt find in a commercial form. Any and all help would be much appriciated!
  2. Keith

    Keith Well-Known Member

    At the top of this Lifesize Mammals Forum, is a "Wrapped Mounts Only".

    Although it's missing some pictures, and there isn't a particular full step by step tutorial, the thread has a wealth of information.


  3. GuessWh0

    GuessWh0 New Member

    Yeah I went through that whole thread, not as much information as youd think but there are some good tips though! Just not how to get started sadly
  4. Keith

    Keith Well-Known Member

    If a video would work for you instead. I have seen this one, it's pretty decent.


    Really, it's not that difficult of a process, but it's difficult to make look good without practice.

    Make tracings of the skinned carcass in the pose you want, take lots of measurements.

    Take a wire, create a "backbone" . Mist down some excelsior with water, grab a bunch and wrap and form the main body with string, adding excelsior as you go.

    For the legs, on squirrel sized animals, take a wire, shape the wire for the leg bones leaving length of wire on both ends for attachment, and wrap until it looks like a leg. On larger animals, you might want to create leg bones with wood dowels and attach together with holes drilled through the ends and tie together at the joints. Add a wire to these "leg bones" so you attach and bend them.

    Carve a head out of foam or purchase a change out head.

    Take a look at picture 1460 on the thread, that's what you want to achieve. https://www.taxidermy.net/threads/254755/page-73#post-2599438

    I do like to wrap shrink wrap around the completed manikin to make the surface smooth for slipping the skin over the body.

    If you have a public library near you, visit it. The older taxidermy books have lessons on wrapping bodies.
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2022
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  5. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Kastaway has 4 wrapped body DVDs.
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  6. Kastaway

    Kastaway Taxidermist, Pioneer of Freeze Drying 1969

  7. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Wrapping is an art and you can do amazing mounts with the technique once you get good at it. As Keith stated, go to your local library and look for the older taxidermy books. They all have decent pages on wrapping and what to do. One old book I have I seem to remember a good section on it. A Compact Step by Step Guide to Taxidermy by Frank Tose. The library may have it and you can find reprints of it online. I prefer original editions but they are hard to find.

    DVDs made by someone else would also be good as you can watch what they do and shorten your trial and error phase.
  8. Kevwells

    Kevwells New Member

    First open mouth using the real skull and wrapped neck. Feral cat that was found as roadkill. Finish work to come as it dries.

    Attached Files:

  9. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Nice job on that cat. However, the inner mouth is way too red for me.
  10. Kevwells

    Kevwells New Member

    Yeah definitely gonna tone it down a bit.
  11. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey