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SQUIRREL QUESTION

purchased a kit fron vandykes. It come with borax and a foam form.

I got a squirrel yesterday and attempted the mount. i had skinned it what i thought was well. I was wondering how far do you have to go to get the feet out. I was skinning down to about the fingers and pulled a little to hard and popped the front foot out. Ruined that mount idea so i used the borax and i am trying to jsut tan the hide for practice and fly tying material .

A few questions,

1) how clean do you have to get around the ears, nose, and feet areas.

2) how far do you guys typically cut the legs/hide down to stretch it over the manican.

3) do you do a cut the length of the tail or do you just skin it. I turned the whole thing inside out and didn't ruin the fur. i was attempting to apply borax to the inside of tail wich made inserting the wire and foam very tough.

The hide fit when i just fit it but i had to cut more of the feet off and when i did i ruined my attempt. Oh well there are plenty of squirrels out there for more tries.


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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-20-2011, 04:47 PM
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Re: SQUIRREL QUESTION

I am not a taxidermist but I don't believe you can use borax to tan as it is a preservative not a tanning chemical.
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Re: SQUIRREL QUESTION

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I am not a taxidermist but I don't believe you can use borax to tan as it is a preservative not a tanning chemical.
You're correct---borax is not a tanning agent. Its a dessicant--which simply dries out the skin and preserves it. It will dry very hard and rather brittle.

The feet need to be skinned all the way to the last digit on the toes. It takes time, patience and practice.
Keep at it.....they get easier after the first 100 or so.
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Re: SQUIRREL QUESTION

try WASCO at http://www.taxidermy.com look on the left side of the page, click on "products" the eighth link down is the squirrel mounting kit WITH instructions.

you will also need to buy a mannikin, there is a link that tells you how to pick the right one.

lots of fun, lots of hard work, lots of learning and new found respect for what a taxidermist goes thru to supply a customer with an awesome lifelike mount.

practice, practice, practice.....and a lot of squirrel stew.

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Re: SQUIRREL QUESTION

Basically the same kit as Vandykes except it costs more.
I did get a dvd from them on mounting Squirrels,it is very-very good.

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-21-2011, 01:36 AM
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Re: SQUIRREL QUESTION

Or u can freeze dry the lil [censored] and not have to skin the toes
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-23-2011, 11:13 PM
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Re: SQUIRREL QUESTION

Are you mounting a grey or a fox squirrel? The form is for a fox squirrel. I had to do quite a bit of shaving when I mounted my grey.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-24-2011, 02:50 PM
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Re: SQUIRREL QUESTION

I got embalming fluid from VanDykes,I guess you can just shoot some into the feet and not worry about skinning them out.
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