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Form Roughing Tip

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by drob, Jan 25, 2023.

  1. drob

    drob Well-Known Member

    I have used a stout rougher on my forms since I started.The other day I stopped by a buddies shop and noticed a form that was covered with tiny uniform holes.He was using something called a CARPET SEAM ROLLER.I oedered one on Ebay.The main advantage is that breaks the surface of the form without hindering the cape movement.
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  2. Crittrstuffr

    Crittrstuffr Well-Known Member

    Just thinking out loud but I rough the surface to get the glue something to grab onto. The surface sounds like it has more surface with mold release on it than roughed up surface. The glue allows the hide to slide for adjustments I think. Once again just thinking . . . :rolleyes:
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  3. drob

    drob Well-Known Member

    The small holes grab and hold the glue.I haven't used it yet but plan on giving it a try.
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  4. Heath Cline

    Heath Cline Well-Known Member

    Same general idea but I like to sand blast my mannikins and really like it on the lifesize mannikins
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  5. dihard

    dihard aim small miss small

    I use a wire wheel on a drill
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  6. tem

    tem Well-Known Member

    so have you tried it yet? just wondering.
  7. drob

    drob Well-Known Member

    I tried it the other day.loved the way it " broke " the surface of the form,quick and easy.I must confess that I still used the stout ruffer on some of the form.Quess learning new tricks is harder for some old dogs!
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  8. livbucks

    livbucks Well-Known Member

    Old dogs learned that you cant trust anything 100%. There is always a pitfall.
    I do like the idea.
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  9. tem

    tem Well-Known Member

    thank you. I just might try it and see if it's something ill like. you never know. seen them on amazon for a few bucks.
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  10. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    When I used to do taxidermy, I would go over every inch of the form with the stout ruffer. I would then go over quickly with 60 grit sand paper and then poke holes with my hide stretcher/webbing stretcher tool. I am known as the king of overkill.
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  11. Keith

    Keith Well-Known Member

    I use a stout ruffer for the majority of the form. It takes maybe 5 minutes for a deer sized mannikin.
  12. Bruledrift

    Bruledrift Active Member

    5 Min, I'm overkilling myself then. Maybe the open areas, but detail areas?