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Wolf Head Mount

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by TaxTheDeadLover, Aug 6, 2022.

  1. TaxTheDeadLover

    TaxTheDeadLover Member

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    Disclaimer: Not a professional, just a city girl with a hobby for taxidermy, please don't leave any harsh comments, thank you

    I have a case-skinned wolf and I bought the head form for it (I do soft mounts).
    However, I'm having trouble putting the head in haha
    I tried putting it directly from inside the mouth (front) but it won't completely go in. So then I tried putting it from behind (tail, butt area) but it is stuck at the stomach.

    What should I do? Should I cut a slit open at the neck area? I really don't want to cut it though...
     
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2022
  2. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Did you hydrate the head so that it will stretch and have you ordered the right size for it?
     

  3. TaxTheDeadLover

    TaxTheDeadLover Member

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    Yes I measured but only for the A section.
    I have rehydrated but no matter how much I pull the form refuses to go fully in.
    Are there other ways? Or must I cut it at the neck area? Is there a way to cut the form up and put it in seperately????
     
  4. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    If you hydrated it properly and measured correctly then there would be no need to cut anything up as it will slide right over the head.
    Is the flesh side thinned down enough to stretch it as that might be an issue. What where you steps in this process as then we might be a better help.
     
  5. Also was it a regular dry tan or was it just a hanging hide tan? If you have a pair of ear openers like for turning whitetail ears inside out use those to stretch out the area if you have a hard time . Was everything split and turned ? Are the ears right side out ? A pic might be of better help to see ,rather than theory
     
  6. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    If all else fails, this will work. I would exhaust all options first though.
     
  7. TaxTheDeadLover

    TaxTheDeadLover Member

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    It is a regular dry tan I believe though I’m no professional. The lips and eyes don’t seem split. The pelt is old though, so possibly more stiff. I have no professional taxidermy tools….is there a regular tool to substitute (ex. Kitchen equipment, utensil, building equipment)? I will try to attached pics right away!
     
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2022
  8. TaxTheDeadLover

    TaxTheDeadLover Member

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  9. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    By the looks of it that cape is not hydrated.
    Now that being said you said it’s old , you may or may not have issues hydrating it. To hydrate and I would do a spot test
    1gallon of water
    4 oz of salt
    1/4 capful of Downey soak for 30 minutes drain and let it sit in fridge overnight as that might be enough to hydrate it , if not repeat.
    Once hydrated you can use a sharp knife to spilt open eyes ears nose lips as you gave a lot of work here and saying this you might end up ruining it also. Then it needs to get thinned down. Again a slide knife is helpful or dremal with a sander on it.
    You’re taking on something that’s going to be a big challenge here . Best of luck
     
  10. TaxTheDeadLover

    TaxTheDeadLover Member

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    Thank you for all your help!
     
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  11. TaxTheDeadLover

    TaxTheDeadLover Member

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    One more question lol!

    What glue do you suggest for gluing a pelt onto a skull? I was thinking gorilla fabric glue but wasn’t too sure so wanted some professional input :)
     
  12. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Skull or head form?
     
  13. TaxTheDeadLover

    TaxTheDeadLover Member

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    Skull, bone.

    I finished my wolf this is for a different project : )
     
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2022
  14. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I would.use hide paste.
     
  15. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    How did it turn out?
     
  16. TaxTheDeadLover

    TaxTheDeadLover Member

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    Hmmmmm….needs practice HAHA
     
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