Taxidermy is a habit that is picking up an increased interest among numerous people. It involves stuffing an animal’s body in order to preserve it. To practice taxidermy you will require a taxidermy kit. However taxidermy should mostly be left to the experts. They are the true artistes and have the prerequisite skills to perform the meticulous operation of preserving your late animal. Turkeys are a common thanksgiving meal. You might have even killed your own turkey in order to feed your family in the festive season. If so it would only be appropriate that you preserved the memories of your late animal. The best way to do so is by mounting his tail and beard.
Mounting the Beard and Feathers
Although taxidermy is something for the professionals, mounting the beard and feathers of your turkey is something that can be both gratifying as well as easy. The following is how to mount the beard and feathers:
This is the easiest part of the whole procedure. All you need to do is to cut off the beard at the base while leaving enough skin at the base to hold the whole thing together. At the base, apply a generous amount of borax. You should then place some borax in a container and dip in the rest of the beard.
To separate this, start by feeling for the triangle-shaped base which is the point of attachment between the tail feathers and the body. Cut this part off and trim the excess meat without removing the connective tissue. Wash this in warm water. To prevent rot and insects, apply a generous amount of borax to the base and rub this vigorously. You then spread your feathers on a piece of plywood. Ensure that all your feathers are parallel right at the base before they dry because after they dry, moving them will be impossible. Arrange the feathers neatly on the plywood and staple them in place. Cover it in cardboard and tape the two together. Leave this for seven days to dry.
Displaying Your Work
This is the final and most important step in the whole process. In order to mount your work you require a mounting plaque. There are a variety of stores that offer a large variety of mounting plaques. The mounting plaques can be made from a variety of materials including oat, walnut or cedar.
When looking for the best plaque to display your excellent artwork, make sure you go to a custom label. The wall mount is also a major part of your artwork. An example of such a shop is Stump Jumper Designs. They offer the best design for your plaques while charging you very reasonable prices for your products.
Most shops will also give you proper mounting equipment. To display the beard it is recommended that you purchase glass boxes or shadow boxes. Surround the beard with resin materials for durability. You can easily find this material in any flea shop.
To display your beards, you could also use brackets. These you can find at any taxidermist. To display the tail you could also make the use of an easel. Make sure to look for the best mounting designs on Pinterest. You might get some inspiring ideas.