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Postby Wilsona018 » Mon Dec 12, 2005 5:11 pm

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Postby Pete-pec » Mon Dec 12, 2005 7:32 pm

If you're looking for a simple way to wash the grease away without doing the fleshing, there is nothing to do that. Once the fleshing is done, you can use Dawn dish soap to clean the skin from blood and fat.

The wing wires are ran through the form, then they are turned into the form in a circular motion, driving the wire through twice. you can use a small tack hammer to flatten the wire down flush against the foam body.

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Postby Wilsona018 » Mon Dec 12, 2005 7:51 pm

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Postby critter stuffer » Fri Dec 23, 2005 11:36 pm

Be sure that you understand that you must first DE-FAT the bird before the degreasing process starts. Use the dawn fullstrength with a toothbrush to get between the feather tracts and then wash with dawn and water mixed, then rinse in cold water two or three times until soap is completly rinsed out. I then squeeze out as much moisture as I can. Then I soak the skin in mineral spirits for about 45 minutes. The mannikins will probably have indentations where the wires should go. Your state has some good suppliers, so why not look them up and buy or rent a video tape? they are worth it for beginning and even afterwards.
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