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Pintail re-mount

Postby sprigpig1 » Fri Feb 28, 2014 10:58 pm

Decided to re-mount a bird after had been dried for over a month or so. This was my first attempt at this so I kinda just winged it.
I had a drake pintail that I wasn't crazy about just taking up space in the garage. So he would be my victim... I mean test dummy.
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So I hit him with some compressed air.. I figured he was dusty and had been absorbing all the dust and stuff that I stir up on the garage. Then it was off to a bath of very little dawn and warm water to start the re-hydration process.
Had to use a weight to hold him down through out the process. Changing the water often to wash out the soap of the feathers.
Here is his final rinse.
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Stripped off paint on the feet(needed to be repainted anyway ) and Dried him off in a towel overnight
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So after drying him, re-opening the belly to re- borax, stitching up holes( a lot of new holes during this process) I could finally do the fun stuff. Still grooming him and doing finishing touches.

Bill and feet will get a fresh coat of paint when dried.
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Re: Pintail re-mount

Postby Duck Nasty » Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:52 pm

I like it. Much improved. Great work
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Re: Pintail re-mount

Postby beretta24 » Sat Mar 01, 2014 8:47 am

Excellent tutorial. Can anyone speak to how long a bird can sit, before you can't rehydrate it is such a fashion? Is there a limit. I got a white faced whistling duck that looks horrible. :)
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Re: Pintail re-mount

Postby Pete-pec » Sat Mar 01, 2014 9:00 am

You took on a big endeavour! Turned out fantastic!
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Re: Pintail re-mount

Postby montana bound » Sat Mar 01, 2014 9:32 am

That looks great!!!
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Re: Pintail re-mount

Postby duxrus » Sat Mar 01, 2014 10:32 am

Heck I liked the original pose but nothing wrong with pose two :thumbsup:

I assume you didn't use caulk on him the first go around ? Just asking since I figure that would be a deal breaker in trying to modify :huh:
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Re: Pintail re-mount

Postby sprigpig1 » Sat Mar 01, 2014 11:30 am

Thanks guys..

Beretta- I re-hydrated this bird for a total of about 8 hours. He was only dry for a little over a month. I would think that a bird that's older than a year would need a little more time. After about 5 hours the skin felt like it was ready to be worked with. But it wasn't.
After 8 hours I did a needle check. A needle (sewing needle) should go through it just like butter... Almost how it does on a freshly worked bird. That's kinda how I judged it.

Brian- I did have a bit of caulking in the scaps. But it didn't seem to effect much. Maybe because I didn't have that much in the bird? Maybe if I had a lot of it it would have been a lot harder?
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Re: Pintail re-mount

Postby duxrus » Sat Mar 01, 2014 11:46 am

I have dismantled a few old scrap mounts over the years to see how they held up and caulk around wired wings on flying birds is permanent. If it was just alittle in unwired wings it probably would come loose with some prodding. Now I bet silicon would be a different story but I don't plan on a remount attempt.... Ever no matter what was used :lol3:
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Re: Pintail re-mount

Postby sprigpig1 » Sat Mar 01, 2014 12:17 pm

I could see how that would lock the wings in pretty rigid Brian. I'm just glad I could find a home for that thing and get it out of my garage. Lol :lol3:
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Re: Pintail re-mount

Postby Sammyshonker » Fri Mar 07, 2014 12:58 pm

That came out great! Well done!!
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Re: Pintail re-mount

Postby sprigpig1 » Fri Mar 07, 2014 2:03 pm

Thank you
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Re: Pintail re-mount

Postby The Waterfowler » Fri Mar 07, 2014 4:38 pm

You've got a lot more patience than I do! Good job.
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Re: Pintail re-mount

Postby TROB » Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:18 pm

I like the dead mount a LOT more. nice work.
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Re: Pintail re-mount

Postby sprigpig1 » Fri Mar 07, 2014 9:15 pm

Thanks TROB

Pat- I think I threw a few things around the shop and said quite a few expletives durring the process. That ball of feathers almost got scrapped a few times lol. Thanks :lol:
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Re: Pintail re-mount

Postby beretta24 » Fri Mar 07, 2014 9:21 pm

You get pissed when it doesn't go well too???? :beer:
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Re: Pintail re-mount

Postby sprigpig1 » Fri Mar 07, 2014 9:55 pm

Oh yeah... Lol
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Re: Pintail re-mount

Postby jstewart_1981 » Tue Mar 11, 2014 5:25 am

Nice work man! I have been following your bird posts and Im impressed. I honestly didnt know you could remount a bird. Great job on making that sprig an even nicer specimen.
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Re: Pintail re-mount

Postby sprigpig1 » Tue Mar 11, 2014 2:32 pm

Jstewart- thanks man I really appreciate it.
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Re: Pintail re-mount

Postby sprigs4days » Tue Mar 11, 2014 2:50 pm

I believe you've found your calling in life. Very nice pig.


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Re: Pintail re-mount

Postby sprigpig1 » Tue Mar 11, 2014 4:25 pm

Thanks S4D.. Appreciate it brother.
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