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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:
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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:

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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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RagazzaLupa Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Student General Artist
I hope you don't mind I used the second picture as a reference sta.sh/0216q6kuzf5h
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Sharpe19 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's fine, looks good :D
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RagazzaLupa Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you ouo 
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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!
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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.
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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 -.-
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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
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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
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sugarpoultry Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yah, its true. hehe XD
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CreatureUndertaker Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ooooo such a lovely job!!!
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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
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javavenos Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I got a question!
Is this real fur or is it just super realistic?
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Sharpe19 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's 100% real.
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Kaltiaem Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hate to butt in like this but you should have read the description. It clearly states; "As always with taxidermy, yes it is dead, yes it is real."
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javavenos Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry I didn't know what that meant XD that's why I asked!
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wingwolf88 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Wow~
Aww, Very nice~
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magic-shampoo Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist
Gorgeous!
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TheLionessesDen Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student General Artist
You did a wonderful job here Sharp-chan. Here be a wonderful hobby for you ^w^ and it looks next to a grade a taxidermy.
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Vencentio Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ohwow this is beautiful. ;o;
I've always been interested in taxidermy -- unfortunately, I'd assume it's a little more difficult to be able to do in the UK. |D
That and collecting bones.
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FenrisMau Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is stunning work. If I may say so, it seems you were a born taxidermist. Many practiced taxidermists still produce work of this quality. The ear may be 'off center', but it's fine, because animals are usually never completely symmetrical in their pose. The only real suggestion I can have is making the clay around the brow a bit smoother.
For my wall mounts, I use this system- [link]
Easy installation and keeps any tanning agent stains from your wall.
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Sharpe19 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
The clay (not just smoothing but building it up too, I failed to realize just how much the original form was going got be lacking >.<) is definitely something I will be working on with my next mount. I've found another coyote cape that I want to do an open mouth shoulder mount, relaxed pant, as my next one. I wanted to do it for my first but also kept telling myself to take small steps haha.

That hanger looks brilliant, great price too! Thank ha!
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FenrisMau Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Small steps never hurts! You never want to bombard yourself. I'm exited to see how your OM mount goes. Noonkester has the most amazing jawsets, in case you haven't picked a brand already. I'm always glad to see the art of taxidermy being practiced, though personally I've had to halt the hobby due to such time consumption. Keep it up, you're doing very well.
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LizaVon Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow very amazing how long did it take you to do this?
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Sharpe19 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
It took me about 9-11 hours to do over the course of 2 days.
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LizaVon Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see that would of taken A long time Was there any very hard parts or DO you think Its like fursuiting? (heads)
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Sharpe19 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Trying not to rush. That was a big one. Yes making things even and getting everything just right, that was a little tough, but keeping myself from rushing was a huge part of it.
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LizaVon Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can tell well Hope you make some more maybe its very lovely
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AnkokuTenshiOokami Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow, so lovely~
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TheWolfWithinMe Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This turned out great! :love: Really awesome for your first!! I can't wait to see some more mounts and such from you in the future ^.^
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LeseviusVenom Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work my dear, what a lovely yote he is too XD
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cloudstar-wolf Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013   General Artist
This is a great first shot! looks good for that!

And gets me to wondering about fursuits, taxidermy, and masks.... and how close they really are.... XD
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XxKibaTheHunterxX Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student General Artist
That's a fine lookin' 'Yote if I do say so! Wonderful work Sharpie!
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Buck-The-Corgi Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! And this was your first try? I love it.
The easiest way to hang such a thing (in drywall/Sheetrock anyways), is to use what's called a Gorilla Hook or Monkey Hook. They are available at Home Depot. Shove it in the wall (one end is pointed enough to push through sheetrock by hand) flip it over, and hang the mount. They definitely should support the weight. My brother had all of his taxidermy mounted using these, and if he ever went to move one, the hook only leaves a tiny hole. Another (more work and you might not be able to do it if you have are renting) way of hanging that would work would be to cut a hole in the wall and put a cross brace between two studs, Patch the hole and hang it. 4 hour job not counting the paint. Your mount should cover that up though. Just make the hole big enough to slip the 2x4 in the hole and get a few screws at an angle.You can probably reuse the same piece of sheet rock you cut out of the wall to patch it up with if you are careful. I helped my brother do this to hand an elk. I know we used the monkey hooks to hang deer, so they should work though.
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Sharpe19 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
That monkey hook sounds super promising as I'm betting our landlord WOULD kill us if we did the second idea. Thanks Buck!
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Buck-The-Corgi Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem. ^^ I have never bought/used the hooks myself, but I am sure they have different types made to hold various weights.
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wolvescanlove Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I wish I knew how to do taxidermy DX
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Sharpe19 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
It definitely takes the research for it, but there were a TON of fursuit aspects that really helped XD
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wolvescanlove Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
im wanting to get into it realy bad I have like 5 squirrels and two ground hogs I would love t get done but I have no experience. my dad wants to get into it really bad and with me building t=Fursuits he said I would be really good at it. we actually called into take classes but they never called back
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Sharpe19 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I know there are kits through Van Dykes that are for such critters. Includes all that you would need, possibly instructions too.
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wolvescanlove Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
yeah i seen the squirrel kit i was thinking about buying it because it has a dvd and everything with it witch is prety cool i may just d that to see if im somewhat good at it.
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Nakomii Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh, and to hang it, I can help you there. If your putting it on a plaque or base, then just screw the mount in from the back, and use little eyelet screws (2 of them) and string some heavy gauge fishing line through it or some metal wire to hang it.
If your not using a base, you can install one of those little things you put on photo frames to hang them by a nail. (not good with names there LOL) You can also use that on a base/plaque as well. Depends on what you have available. xD
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Sharpe19 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'd like to do a plaque. I'm guessing perhaps 3 inch screws from the back? Feeling a tad sheepish now wondering why I didn't think of that sooner haha. Got a good idea now, just need to find a plaque that I like. Thank you Nakomii!!
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Nakomii Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes, that's what I used. But add glue as well. Also, have someone else help, once you start to screw it on the mount goes its own whacky ways LOL
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Nakomii Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Absolitely stunning for a first time!!

if i could add anything, the right ear (the coyotes left) seems to be too far out. It seems like it needs to be pushed farther into the form. They could also be a tiiiny bit closer together, something about them being a little far apart makes it look odd. Also in the second photo, the side of his muzzle by the whiskers seems to have a weird lump there, looks like you didnt equal out the clay on both sides and missed filling it in under the nose. I would have also filled under the cheekbones with more clay, that seems to be the problem with those forms..its too far of a dip underneath the cheekbones and it looks like someone sucked all the muscle out of its face. Stupid forms. D:
The eyes, well those are just plain stunning. Nothing wrong there. and that color is beautiful!!

Thats my input. :)

Overall fantastic mount. <33 I hope to see more from you!
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Sharpe19 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
The odd ear is the one that is loose in the form. Had failed to use enough clay to secure it to the form enough. As for the lump, I'm not sure what it is. I worked on that spot for about an hour after noticing it and could not get it to do away. I think I tucked and retucked that area far more times than I should have. :P Thought the cheeks were a tad sharp. It was one of those 'Just got the eyes perfect!.... oh crap...' moments. But thank you, this is very exciting!
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Nakomii Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah, I thought it was the opposite. Read too fast. XD

Under the eyes is fine, its below that, which makes it confusing. You have to add clay instead of taking it away from the cheekbones. I made that mistake a few times until i came to the realization that its not under the eyes, its above the lips! They have large muscles there, after skinning my fox you could clearly see that massive area where it was just pure muscle! That's the tricky thing about taxidermy. You don't know it's there until you see it yourself, sometimes!

Anytime! I'm always here if you need help. ;p isn't it exciting?? :D
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DragonGames Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
YOU did a beautiful job <3
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galianogangster Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks absolutely fantastic, great shape to everything and those eyes are to die for! :)
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