Taxidermy upgrades...

Discussion in 'Taxidermy' started by rinehart0050, Sep 4, 2019.

  1. rinehart0050

    rinehart0050 GOLD SUPPORTER AH Legend

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    Two of our taxidermy mounts that recently arrived from South Africa, while fine from a taxidermy perspective, offered the opportunity for some upgrades.

    Tools used included a drill and a hot glue gun.

    Using artificial grasses and bushes purchased at Hobby Lobby and an artificial rock ordered from a taxidermy supply website, my wife and I set to sprucing up the mounts. We tried to add color and height variation in the vegetation to amplify a sense of depth and scale.

    All in all, a fun little project that required no skill and not much time. We're very happy with the results:

    Giraffe, before:
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    Giraffe after. We added, among other things, oranges to the base. The giraffe's last meal had been oranges, so we felt it added a nice touch:
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    Here's the nyala, as originally received:
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    And after some improvements:
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    Here's the sort of supplies we picked up at Hobby Lobby and the Taxidermy Supplies website:
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  2. johnnyblues

    johnnyblues AH ENABLER AH Ambassador

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    Very nice upgrade!
     
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  3. slam8031

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    Nicely done!!
     
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  4. Cam Moon

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    Looks great! What a difference!
    Who did your taxidermy in South Africa and what was your overall experience with it?
     
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  5. Areaonereal

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    A great improvement, very realistic with the oranges...
    Love the Nyala setting.
     
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  6. rinehart0050

    rinehart0050 GOLD SUPPORTER AH Legend

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    The taxidermy was done by Karl Human Taxidermy. Overall quality of the taxidermy is ok, no issues. Taxidermy was completed in less than a year, so trophies made it back to us at about the 12 months since safari mark.
     
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  7. cpr0312

    cpr0312 AH ENABLER AH Ambassador

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    Nice stuff bud!! All looks good!
     
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  8. MAdcox

    MAdcox GOLD SUPPORTER AH Fanatic

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    Looks good, nice upgrades.
     
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  9. Proneshooter

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    Who did the lifesize Doberman? Sorry I could not resist.
     
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  10. Newboomer

    Newboomer GOLD SUPPORTER AH Fanatic

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    Wow! Very nice. I didn't think a giraffe could turn his head 360 degrees like that. Very impressive.
     
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  11. Mort Hill

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    Great job!
     
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