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Topic: Animal friendly fake taxidermy *tutorial*  (Read 155342 times)
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« Reply #230 on: October 02, 2007 07:22:19 AM »

Oh my gosh, that's so awesome!

I totally need one in my house.  Maybe a bear or something.

The pink and the mohawk just make it so adorable!

« Reply #231 on: October 02, 2007 11:45:33 AM »

I love it! But I'm pretty sure my dog would attack it...

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« Reply #232 on: October 02, 2007 02:11:56 PM »

September 16, 2006, I first found this project. On that day I ordered a catalog from Van Dyke's so I could try my own.

Today, October 2, 2007, that catalog came!!!!

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« Reply #233 on: October 02, 2007 02:17:29 PM »

That's awesome!

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« Reply #234 on: October 09, 2007 05:05:09 PM »

that is effing awesome.
« Reply #235 on: October 09, 2007 05:05:59 PM »

also! you could probably make a handful of cash selling others like this.
« Reply #236 on: October 10, 2007 01:00:31 PM »

Holy damn that is awesome!!!
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« Reply #237 on: December 05, 2007 07:47:48 AM »

wow. finally someone else gave this a go

i'd love to but whew, when do i have 4 solid days to fight with fun fur? between the kiddies, kitties and the rest of life... well. i might order a catalogue just in case though  Wink. i have one of those fleece throws from ikea that would make a good monster rug. it's a real sheepskin though  Cry. i pretty the bright pink fake kind of fur myself.

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« Reply #238 on: December 06, 2007 08:15:45 PM »

PLEASE! elaborate away!

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« Reply #239 on: December 26, 2007 02:21:38 AM »

Hemi-housewife, you're a little bit better at "faux" taxidermy then the average total novice would normally be... do you have any experience in setting eyes or jawsets or rebuilding the eyelids, and setting the ears at the correct angle... with real critters? Or is someone you know or love a taxidermist? Because I can see the jawset is set correctly, the eyes are aligned right, and the ears are at the correct angle.

The underpinnings of mounting (or stuffing an animal) are the same regardless if you use real or fake skin over that urethane foam form. Preparation of the form is the key to getting a good looking critter. It won't look good unless you have good underpinnings, and this faux rug ROCKS.

I have no idea how to glue fake fur to foam. You could probably use rubber cement or spray-tack (like that Scotch spray glue). Taxidermists use hot glue, silicone caulk, latex carpet glue, or any number of commercial epoxies and "hide pastes" to do this sort of work with real pelts.

I've bought from Van Dyke's. They have great prices on a lot of items. If they took PayPal I'd be broke. Smiley

It is a LOT harder to make a good looking rug out of genuine critter then it is to make it out of fake. Double the difficulty if trying to use a commercially dyed hide (they are soaked in acid dye and they come out less stretchy then before); that makes it 4x as hard to do this project if it was done with a genuine, dyed hot pink, set of hides.

Some other places to get taxidermy stuff:
McKenzie Taxidermy, Research Mannikins, Jonas Bros. Taxidermy, Hide & Beak, Skulls Unlimited. I've transacted positively with all those companies.
Van Dyke's and Skulls Unlimited are my faves!
« Last Edit: December 26, 2007 02:59:01 AM by naturalcreation - Reason: adding more info » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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