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Jessi K Edwards
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"If you take just one tiny thing out of your past, I believe it will change the position of everything else so I try not to have any regrets in life. I live completely in the now: not in the past, not in the future." -Heath Ledger

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For all you taxidermy fiends... this has become one of the newer passions in my life. If you want any details, just ask. Right now I don't have much to ramble about in that category except for the fact that I love getting dirty so this is definitely a good niche for me! I'm a beginner taxidermist so check out my gallery and let me know what you think. Because after all, "Death is but the next great adventure." -JKRowling
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SwiftHeartWolf Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Hi there, I'm brand new to the taxidermy world and I'm starting my new wolf pelt, I have a couple really important question that hopefully you don't mind answering.

1. I'm reforming the face and it has been sitting in a bowl of salt water for over 9 hours, everything else has softened up except the lower jaw and slightly the nose, the nose has softened up a little, what am I doing wrong?

2. What brand of forms do you recommend, and how do you do the shape your ears so beautifully?

Thanks
Happy Arts 
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AlmostAustralian Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello! Congrats on the wolf! And thank you for the kind words on my taxidermy :D

1. First off, 9 hours is a very long time and risking damage to the pelt.  I usually soak my faces for 30 mins to 1 hour and then stuff the face into a gallon sized baggie, use a zip tie to close it so i won't leak, and place the wolf in the fridge overnight so it can sweat and soften.  If the nose/jaws have not been properly turned or thinned, sometimes they will not soften without having to thin them yourself (an incredibly time consuming process but often necessary).

2. I have use a variety of forms however I usually purchase from Research Mannikins.  And ears are a learning process that is simply perfected with practice. If the ears still have cartilage in them, I use the bondo method (there are lots of tutorials on taxidermy.net that explain that but again it takes a few times to get the hang of it). If the cartilage has been removed, I use earliners.

Best of luck and let me know if you have any other questions!
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SwiftHeartWolf Featured By Owner Edited Nov 17, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Omgsh thank you so much!!! This is so helpful! I will totally ask you if have any other questions, you have been the most helpful person I've asked so far, thank you so much again!
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Brokenstar60 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014   Writer
Just found you today x) i love your pelts and your taxidermy is just amazing, when i saw one of your wolf pics, i thought it was real at first until i read the description so good job! I was wondering if you sold any of your taxidermy that are not commissions or do we have to get a commission? If so, how much? Just interested
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AlmostAustralian Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow thank you so much!! :hug:
i have been known to sell my personal pieces if I no longer have a connection with them after they are mounted, however I only have 3 wolves left (2 of them are still unmounted) and they are not any that I intend to ever part with. 
Prices vary depending on the coloration... The most recent one I've sold went for $1500.
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Brokenstar60 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014   Writer
It's ok ^^

Thanks for replying, very much appreciated. 

That's understandable that, though i've never thought you could have a connected to something such as mounted animals but i have heard of it before, but that was too pelts. But then again, i have never owned something such as what you own and what others do, also. 

Agreed on that. It all comes down to coloration and markings in the end. Would you be able to tell me what's the cheapest you would sell for, for a simple coloration of course?

Another thing i have noticed is that you say these animals were not killed for or by you, so how do you actually get ahold of them?
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AlmostAustralian Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Before I began collecting, I hadn't ever understood the connection concept.  When I purchased my first wolf, I felt it immediately when he arrived and it only got stronger after I mounted him.  Mounted animals, to me, give a face to that spirit and personality that is found in pelts.  It can definitely seem like a strange concept until you experience it.

For an average size grey wolf, I would probably say minimum around $850 (that would be if the pelt were $400 plus my mounting fees) not including shipping. It would be difficult to find a good quality mountable wolf pelt any cheaper than that.

My hides come from various sources: from other taxidermists when they have one for sale, I have a few hunter sources in Alaska, and sometimes even eBay. I don't actively hunt them and don't hire hunters to go out and get one for me.  I know the ideal situation would be to use animals who passed from natural causes but that scenario is just not realistic.
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Netflix-And-Chill Featured By Owner Edited Sep 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I will trade you my soul and everything because I love your furs to death...
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AlmostAustralian Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww thank you! If it was legal, I'd definitely try to help you out there =P
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