I finally got a gobbler.
It was my first and I did the entire hunt by myself. I want to make this a little bit more than a traditional plaque. the white center tail feathers add a bit more character, so I am getting this vandykes kit. My buddy is giving it to me.
This is the fan, beard, and feet. I have the beard finished and boraxed. It is hard to the touch and completly dry.
Here is the vandykes mount he is giving me. i like this mount and a cheaper alternative to the plaque.
I wish it had more blue on the head but it will do for now. Maybe I can find a replacement head or get a taxidermist to add some blue to the head. No a big issue as of right now.
I got as much meat as I could from the tail feathers and salted it for a day, then put borax on it. I have brushed the first coat of borax off and reapplied a second coat last night and did a bit more picking at the drying meat.
The questions I have are as follows:
1) once the fan is dried, should I put taxidermy clay/ bondo over everything to help prevent bugs from ruining my fan, and keep . This will be in my garage for now, and then moved to my shed I am converting to a workshop. the bugs can get into both.
2) Is there any way to get the feather strands to work back togetther. Some of them have seperated and the fan looks a bit open in some places.i want to have it as smooth and nice as I can.
3) I had seperated the feet right at the joint. I have salted, and boraxed these a few times, the ends of the feet at the joint are pretty dry but the feet and toes are still flexible, What do I need to do too preserve these. I am thinking that i should cut them below this joint, and continue to borax them.
Thanks in advance for any insight.