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Facts & Questions About Artisan Taxidermy

Who is the customer?

  • A hunter looking for a unique & different way to showcase antlers.

  • Restoring an old mount damaged from time.

  • Changing European Mount into a Shoulder Mount.

  • Remounting an existing mount so that non-hunters won't get upset. 

Benefit to customer?

  • Shorter turnaround time, than typical traditional taxidermy.

  • Can adjust coloring from dark to light to better fit with existing decor.

  • Artist can use photos from client to adjust white patches around eyes & on throat.

  • Listen to client.  Ongoing communication during the process.

  • Non-offensive to the non-hunter.

  • Great to have in business, office, commercial property.

  • From a distance looks like a typical taxidermy mount/up close its seen as a work of art.

Art in Taxidermy

 

Combining my love of art, hunting and Texas, I focus on creating the finest possible look for your mount that you and your family/friends will enjoy. You the sportsman will receive the attention of a sculptor plus knowledge of White Tail Deer. Working closely with a retired TPWD white tail deer specialist/friend, Bridget verifies her work is accurate. 

NO CAPES…Bridget does not use a cape, which means no skin, no hair.

PROCESS:   Antlers/horns are attached to foam form along with eyes, ears, & eyelids. The anatomically accurate form is then covered with a texture when is later painted realistically. This offers less fading of colors, less dust, easier to clean, softer eyes, & relaxed positioning of ears.

RESTORATION of old mounts.

 

My personal goal is to put the skill of an artist/sculptor into each piece to showcase your hunting experience and memory.

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Steps of the Process

  1.  Harvest deer, Old mount or European skull

  2.  Provide Photos: Front, Back, Left, Right  of a harvest Deer or a ​Picture of how you want Deer to look 

  3.  Cut skull cap (see instruction sheet) or bring old mount/skull with antlers to Bridget

  4.  Call Bridget to confirm order.  Discuss direction of form which will be purchased.

  5.  Antlers/skull cap attached to foam form.  Tips are repaired if needed. 

  6.  Coloring/stain of antlers evaluated.

  7. Plastic Ears and Glass Eyes are attached.  Clay work is done around these areas, plus the tear duct and mouth area.

  8. Up until this point all work is like a regular taxidermist.  There will be no cape/skin/hair attached later to hide any imperfections.   Therefore, all work needs to be worked at a higher perfection level.

  9. Surfaces is prepared. Texture put on.  Dried and ready for painting.

  10. Detail painting work begins.  The artist is starting with a blank white surface, such as a canvas; although this canvas is in the  form of a deer.

  11. Step by step communication with client for adjustments

  12. Sealant for UV protection.

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