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First Quail Mount Ever

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by BrotherNatureAZ, Dec 1, 2022.

  1. BrotherNatureAZ

    BrotherNatureAZ New Member

    I'm doing my first stuffed quail mount. I have purchased the RMI video for "Mounting a standing valley quail" and already watched through it once. The process is pretty straight forward and I'm excited to dive in this weekend. I figure with this being my first mount I want to document it here but also use this forum as a Q&A through the process.

    So question #1:

    How long can I put a quail skin in the refrigerator after I have it skinned and cleaned? My plan is to skin and prep the hides this weekend, take measurements, and order the eyes and body. So I'm looking for a time window on how long they can sit before I put them on the body.
     
  2. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    This was the correct way to start your journey off. I have that DVD and used it to do my first quail. I would have suggested it to you, but since you wisely have it, you will do well.
     
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  3. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    You can refreeze it too.
     
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  4. BrotherNatureAZ

    BrotherNatureAZ New Member

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    Alright I got one of them done but made some mistakes. That's why they call it learning. As you can see in the pic, I ended up accidently cutting the tail off and took the leg bones out because I wasn't paying attention. The plan is to rebuild the leg bone with yarn, hot glue, and wire. I'm going to see if some glue and sticking can work that tail issue.

    A road block I ran into is that I can't find Excelsior anywhere to make bodies. I live in a small town and checked target, Walmart, Home depot, and Lowes with nothing to show. Going to Hobby Lobby at lunch to see if they have it. Where are some other spots I should check?
     
  5. whitetails and fish only

    whitetails and fish only Well-Known Member

    VanDykes still sells excelsior. Also called wood wool.
     
  6. arrow30

    arrow30 Member

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    hobby lobby should have it, in small bags. i have got it there before.
     
  7. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Research Mannikins sells or did sell fine jeweler's grade excelsior.
     
  8. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Buying a mannikin (foam form) is a much better approach with your first few. Then on e you have the basics of mounting them down, work on making your own forms.
     
  9. 1tahr

    1tahr Active Member

    carve your bird body out of blue foam using skinned body as a reference i make an outline sketch of unskinned bird on cardboard and use as a reference also take note of thickness of legs and wings , less is better
     
  10. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Plus you need to flesh it better as those feather tracks have meat that need’s removal.
     
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  11. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Get yourself this at Research Mannikins. use it to get the fat and connective tissue off of each feather in the feather tracts. Resized_20220628_165650_267217594255458_15072181483728.jpeg
     
  12. BrotherNatureAZ

    BrotherNatureAZ New Member

    Thanks for the support. I was actually able to find a material and make a body to the dementions but unfortunately the skin dried out way too much for me and I scrapped the initial.

    I ordered eyes and forms from RMI on 4 December but my order says it's still processing. Is this normal for people who haveordered from them before?

    I started another project too and will probably order from another company this time just to guage turn-around time. Any recomendations?

    This has been a very fulfilling hobby to decide to learn in the enw year. Thanks for the support and regular contribution of you all.
     
  13. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    You can rehydrate your quail skin.

    Yes, Research Mannikins sent me my stuff a while back and the order still says pending. I have another order I received back in 2021 and it still says pending on their website.
     
  14. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    A bird can be bagged and re-frozen multiple times. Refrigerators are OK for overnight if bagged, but will dehydrate the skin if not in a sealed bag. Once the carcass is removed form a bird, they will thaw in a few hours.
     
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