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Coyote Shoulder Mount by Sharpe19 Coyote Shoulder Mount by Sharpe19
Very first time mounting up anything for taxidermy. Had a free day and wanted to do this since the base plate had arrived as well as the ear liners (previous set were rather.. cheap) and if it wasn't done on the free day, I wouldn't get the chance until July.

This beautiful coyote came from :iconlilmissdoeeyes:'s winter sale, the eyes were purchased from her as well several months previously. Throughout I stumbled across a few of my errors, the first of which was thinking the form was going to be too long and altered it a tad. That threw a monkey wrench into the whole project and I spent the next 5-6 hours mounting, remounting, altering, and overall fighting with the nose. Plus side is it gave me practice with lip tucking! Another error was not using enough clay on one of the ear butts, resulting in a loose ear (coyotes right, picture left) but being a wall mount I am not worried terribly. I needed to fill out the area around the eyes more I think, the cheek bone area I'm thinking is a bit sharp. The mouthline is alright, I'm seeing some things I might have done better on. With the final mounting of the nose for the 5th(?) time I forgot to reposition the whiskers >.<

WIP shots can be seen here:

Current close up shots of the nose: [link]

Still drying a little so the fur will be fluffed up more and slicked around as things settle. Overall it was an absolute joy to work with this pup! Even with my errors I am rather fond of this yote as it now not only provides a bit of uniqueness to my home, but provides an invaluable reference. I can't own a dog or cat where I live and must rely upon pelts and pictures for reference. While photographs are great and all, there are things on this mount I never really got to see otherwise, such as the detail along the lip or ear detail (ever tried to look at a dogs/cats ear before while they're awake or wiggling around? It's not easy!)

As always with taxidermy, yes it is dead, yes it is real. I do not know of its origins other than knowing the source is legal and very respectable. No I will NOT be taking ANY taxidermy commissions! I will mount my own things but not others. Why? There are licensed taxidermists out there for that who have gone to school and worked hard for their degree. How did I learn how to do this? I studied and dabbled in minor pieces for over 4 years, practicing how to sculpt eyelids, repair fur, and hydrate faces. I read through tutorials and watched countless taxidermy videos. I saved and purchased the proper tools, materials, and waited for the right cape to be available. I waited until I was confident. Mounting this pup up was both exciting and scary. I was nervous I would mess up and constantly caught myself trying to rush, having to slow myself down. All in all it was a well waited and well rewarded 4 years.

Now for the next challenge... Making it so I can hook it to the wall. Taxidermists, any thoughts on that? That is one part I never really saw! I have an antler I would love to add with the mix, maybe even a branch if I can find one with the right character to it. Here's the antler:


Any critiques on anything I missed would be lovely! This is my first so I would love to see what I did right and wrong!
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ailie101 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh my gosh those eyes x.x

Great job for your first!
SirBales Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
You did an awesome job! Only thing I could add, is a simple frame hanger from Lowes is what I use to hang small mounts with, either on the plaque or mount if you don't use a plaque. As for the mount, your ears, did you cut a deep hole in the form for the ear bases? I usually cut a chunk out of that muscle, deep enough you can shove your thumb in the form, later when mounting, shove your thumb in his ears to drive the ear canal into the clay and base. If you ever skin a predator it will make sense how deep the canal goes.
Another trick I learned is to do a clay "worm" about the size of your finger, place it from the bottom edge of the ear to the lower jaw and give yourself the fluffy ruff along his cheek, build it up or sculpt it smooth per your preference, but that clay will give you the play to taxi the hide. This is highly important in foxes and bobcats, but a nice effect on coyotes.
Last thing, he looks alittle tight, if you have enough hide, next time pull it forward up the neck for a more relaxed effect. Its great job for a first attempt, keep up the good work.
Sharpe19 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
May have to try that clay worm trick and loosening up some things, have plans on remounting this fella when I get the chance :P Was told warm salt water and oil would relax the hide paste since he's a new enough tan/mount. The area around the eyes bother me, both ears didn't take hold to the form and wiggle loosely, and irritably I don't think I got enough hide paste (or a thick enough concentration) into the ears as both ears drummed away from the liners themselves -.-
sugarpoultry Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow you did a great job! Remember Reeses? hehe too bad we couldn't mount him, but hey, how you're pro, right? XD
Sharpe19 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Now that I look back at Reeses I'm realizing he totally wasn't mountable XD
sugarpoultry Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yah, its true. hehe XD
CreatureUndertaker Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ooooo such a lovely job!!!
Sharpe19 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank ya my dear! Definitely going to keep an eye on the area's I messed up in on the next shoulder mount. Won't be for a little while, but I've got another shoulder form cape coming, wet tan, that I'm wanting to try my hand at an open mouth relaxed pant :3
javavenos Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I got a question!
Is this real fur or is it just super realistic?
Sharpe19 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's 100% real.
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