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My first mount by shinigami-taxidermy My first mount by shinigami-taxidermy
Okay. So as the title says this one isn't perfect but my very first mount ever so it's aight for the time, right? ^^ And don't ask me why I chose to mount a pigeon for the first time... I found out later that they are somehow more difficult to mount and such.
Another thing: Yes, I know the eyes are to bright. The ones I ordered where out and then they sent me acrylic eyes. But wrong ones -.- But yea and that time I already waited so long and I just stick with those.

It took me freaking ages to skin, tan and mount this one lol. I got frustrated quite a few times as well buuuut here he is. It was so difficult for me to make him stand how I want. He is still standing a bit crippled but I couldn't fix it any further. Still so much to learn and I had much fun making him! I think I'm gonna do more birds in the future :)
Thanks for the tips and hints of some of you :hug: Without you guys I wouldn't even be this far :D

And oh well, I'd like to get some good advise for approving!
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Sovriin Jun 4, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Oh man. This is awesome. I did my first ever mount yesterday, it was a seagull, and good heavens its kind of terrible XD My question is, how did you get the feathers to lie so neat? And what did you use to pose it? After I washed my seagull skin, the feathers all stuck at weird angles no matter what I did, and so he looks really scruffy, and I used metal wire in the legs and wings, but could only get it to the first joint so they didn't pose very well.
But yeah, this is a super awesome first attempt!
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shinigami-taxidermy Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :)

I'm not so sure what I did especially to be honest lol. I tried not to get him tangled while washing and roughly keeping the shape while blow drying. I used proper detergent from a taxidermist tho may be that helped.
Actually I forgot to wire the wings rofl so I used two or three pins to hold it in place which are gonna stay there and be hidden under the feathers. The wire in the feet tho is pierced through the bottom and fixed in the fake stone. It's very important for the posing to get the wire all through.
I wanted my dove to be a little fatty :> I find it adorable when they're puffed up so I goggled a bit for good references as well to look at.
Not sure if that helps? :'D
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shinigami-taxidermy Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh and I'd like to see your seagull! :)
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Coeurlregina Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very good work. Getting all the feathers to lay so smooth is not easy, especially if this is your first time mounting a bird. You should be proud :)

Nice work around the eyes as well, the eyes might be bright, but their placement looks natural and lifelike.
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shinigami-taxidermy Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I'm glad :hug:
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Tea-and-Taxidermy Jun 3, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Very nice, especially for a first attempt!
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shinigami-taxidermy Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks a bunch :3
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namu-the-orca Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, this looks amazing! I've mounted some birds already (though not an awful lot) and for a first mount, especially without assistance, this is gobsmacking! :wow: Not sure how 'crooked' the pose really is; his leg and foot feathers make it hard to see exactly, but I think he looks stunning. Especially well done on getting the wings to 'fit back in'. What a lovely mount :clap:
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shinigami-taxidermy Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh thank you :hug:

Yea, the feathers take a lot from the pose, luckily lol. I tried to put much effort in it I'm glad that he looks likable :3
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HamtiDamti Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Sieht doch gut aus =)
Kannst dich nicht beklagen ;)
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