Placing the Skin on the Mount
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Placing the Skin on the Mount

Placing the Skin on the Mount




      

Placing the Skin on the Mount




The skin should be well moistened on the flesh side with a solution of 10 parts Borax and 4 parts Alum and draw it over the cast. To help facilitate sewing and stuffing the neck board can be fastened in a vise, with the cast and horns upright. Heavy waxed twine and a good curved heavy gauge needle is best suited for sewing the skin. Gather the skin around each antler; draw it tightly about the base of the antler, by slightly puckering and tie fast. Take a stitch through the two points of skin at the base if each antler, and tie firmly. Sew with the two strings from each horn to the middle, by cross stitching from the under side; then tie tightly together, cutting one string, and leaving the other to continue the seam down the back of the neck. Close the neck half way down, push clay under the skin about the horns, and model in a natural form.

Fasten the eyeholes over the cavities in the cast, by driving three quarter inch wire tacks through the skin, at the inner corners of the eyes, into the cast at the small holes below the eye cavities. Model about the eyes by inserting clay through the eyeholes of the skin. Tuck the skin about the mouth underneath, between the cast and skin, in order to keep the muzzle from drying and shrinking, and to prevent he skin from being work off in the process of mounting through the constant rubbing on the work bench.

Finish the seam down the neck, draw down the neck skin tightly, and nail it to the sides of the baseboard. This will prevent the neck from being forced out of natural shape while stuffing. Now commence stuffing.

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