Re: [taxidermy] How old is too old ?
I am not a professional, but I was told 1 year in a freezer was about the
max. I have mounted ducks that have been in the freezer for 2 yrs (not
skinned though and wrapped in plastic bag and then wrapped in paper bag. I
had no problems. As far as being skinned for 2 years, hmmm, As you
mentioned the skin might be to dried out, but I don't know the answer. It
doesn't hurt to try especially if you already have the body and head paid
for. As for the fuel question, After skinning I soak the skin and
obviously feathers in warm water and Dawn dish soap then rinse and blow dry
half way. Then I soak it in Coleman lantern fuel for a few minutes and
drain out as much as possibly. Then again blow dry to about 3/4 dry on cool
setting of hair dryer, so you have time to mount before it thoroughly dries.
Keep the hairdryer at a distance and use cool setting (remember it was fuel
you soaked it in). After getting it mounted the way you want- I use cool
setting again to puff the feathers a little. This is all advice I got from
a professional and has worked well for me. Don't forget to use a
preservative on the skin before placing on the body and head.
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Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2001 12:01 AM
Subject: [taxidermy] How old is too old ?
> I skinned out several waterfowl 2 years ago. I now want to try and
> mount them. Will I have problems ? Do I need to just throw them out ?
> Can i do something if they are some what dried out. ? Will fabric
> softener help to make the skins more pliable?
> Also I heard that some guys soak their "capes"(skins) in white gas to
> make fat removal easier,Is this true ?
> All advice welcome !!
> Thanks Brett, N. Calif.
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