What you need!
animal that your skinning
a super sharp blade, exto knife is best
a blade sharpener
a cool place, keep out of sun
PATIENCE taxidermy is a lengthy process
Ok so first to start out here we have the pelt I'm working on.
a marble fox male I believe that I was fleshing out but still needed to prep it for taxidermy, a pelt with ears, feet and a face doesn't mean its a mountable competition piece, it takes alot more work then just a garment tanned skin.
so to get started
I cut away the heads, tails and paws at the ankles/wrist to come back later those are the lengthy process then just removing the skin from the body.starting
1. we spread the fur below the anus as you can see it is a bit shorter then all that poof later down the road you will be going through, you can cut at the end off the anus to cut into the skin DON'T cut against the fur unless making an opening entrance you WILL cut hairs that way.spreading
2. once you have made your entrance cut and cut a bit down so you are able to see the bone, move your blade UNDER the fur while you are separating the fur as you are doing that too. you can use a mixture of pine sol and water to keep your fur and skin from bacteria, I find damp fur is easier to separate and know where I am cutting then dry fluff.
3. Don't worry about removing the bone as you go, you can cut around the edges to give you abit free space to move but just considerate on removing the tail right now.
it will get more difficult as it gets down to the very tip PATIENCE, feel around with your finger and keep the fur separate use a clippy to keep it separate if must.tip
4. once you start getting to the very tip( remember foxes tails are around 18 inches and so are their bones inside, if you want to take a break start skinning around the tail and removing the tail bone from the fatter part of the tail til you get to the point of where you are at now.
5. separate to the very tip and be gentle, the tip of tail around 4 inches from the end is easy to tear so don't go man handling it.
remember to flesh it abit and if salting it to apply alot of salt and let air get to it.
<b< IF JUST SKINNING IT AND SENDING IT TO FREEZER DON'T SALT!!!!
salt makes it slower to freeze, and actually doesn't make the skin freeze
exp. on winter days the workers put salt on the roads to melt and give cars gripsOther Taxidermy Tips