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Rigid Mounted Taxidermy
First bobcat by WhiteCrow-Art
Full Sneak by WhiteCrow-Art
A Particularly Good Finder by Hawock
Soft Mounted Taxidermy

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Creamsicle and Cinder plushes by MaguschildCloud
Bushy Tailed -wip- by Muddy-Coyote
Poseable Red Coyote Softmount (For Sale) by KaypeaCreations
Poseable Red Coyote Softmount (For Sale) by KaypeaCreations
Stoles and Scarfs
Awesomest gift by MaguschildCloud
Cross fox stole  TRADED by waimole13
lefty remodel by KarmacraneMindchilds
Headdresses and Ceremonial Ware
coyote headdress by Minskin
Wolf Headdress at MythicWorlds by lupagreenwolf
Black Wolf handflowers by lupagreenwolf
Antler Headband by lupagreenwolf
Rug Mounted Taxidermy

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bearded dragon skinning by Aki-Hanna
Faux cheetah and Julian by MaguschildCloud
Little fuzzy rug by MaguschildCloud
Mouse rug Itachi by MaguschildCloud
Hybrid and Rogue Taxidermy
The Ravenstag by Zhon
Hand of God by TheKingOfDolls
Tricky Boy by Hawock
Swiggity Swag The Nightmare Stag by WeirdCityTaxidermy
Fursuits and Costumes
NYCC Costume by Knuxtiger4
Puppyface by Hawock
Star Wars Bantha Costume WIP by Zhon
Princess Mononoke White Wolf by Zhon
Crafts using Real Fur or Inspired by Taxider
Image by Hawock
Beezul the Forest Beast by Zhon
Little Lynx Mask by Hawock
Chenita bag by MaguschildCloud
Pelts and Pieces

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Young hooded boy by MaguschildCloud
Most beautiful ratty ever by MaguschildCloud
Minky boy reinforced by MaguschildCloud
Lilac Lady by Hawock
Faux Taxidermy
Fantasy Tiger Cub, Pose-able Doll - SOLD! by Hawock
Bone carving tutorial by grygon
Animal Resources
Black tailed vs Richardson's by MaguschildCloud
For Sale or Trade

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New ground squirrel #1 by MaguschildCloud
Skulls and Bones
Roe deer skull for SALE by Kyasanuri



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we appreciate taxidermy and fur in all its forms and crafts. mounted or not.
Founded 5 Years ago
Oct 5, 2012


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xX-NIGHTBANEWOLF-Xx Featured By Owner May 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, i know this is a long shot but does anyone in this group know how to self-tanning of leather/scales/hides...etc? I have some questions....
KristenJarvisART Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2016  Professional General Artist
Is this group active? 
the-gaywolf Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hello everybody,
maybe someone here could help me :)

Today I've found a dead youg tit and I would love to keep it. I've heard you can put it into hard liquor, but thats all I know. Or is it enough to but it into the freezer till I've found someone that could dissect it for me?

(sorry for the bad english :/)
SilverHowler Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, hello.

So, I feel absolutely useless, but I want to get into taxidermy as a hobby, and would love to soft mount some coyotes and foxes.

I know the basic idea but can't find and full on tutorials. I do know what I'm doing when it comes to prepping the hide, but soft mount tutorials are nearly non-existent, and even looked down on. Sites like for example, you so much as mention soft mounts and you're attacked.

I've already got the basic idea in mind for poseable rigging, but as I said I can't find any in-depth tutorials for anything. It's actually quite frustrating.

So, if you could point me in the right direction, that'd be fantastic.

Also, I see a lot of poseable soft mounts, but none that are able to open their mouths. I know that this is because normal mounting is done by using a plastic form, but I have another idea that I would love to know if it's even possible.

My idea is quite simple in theory. Take the skull, clean it(Mealworms make quick work of that), put pins in the jaw bone as a hinge, and then simply add clay to flesh it out again, painting the clay in areas such as the gums and eyelids. Could this be done, or am I stuck with static forms?

Any information is greatly appreciated. 
Killslay-steelclaw Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional General Artist

you  mentioned that you've worked with posable plushies before? thats a great place to start with posable soft mounts. 

personally, i really don't mind whether people start with soft or rigid mounting, the technique for the head remains the same either way. 

there is little in the way of tutorials for the actual armature, some use lots of heavy duty wire, and some have other techniques. remember that a pelt with a mounted head will be quite heavy. 

as your for your opening mouth idea, you may find that if you want a completely posable mount, putting a real skull and the clay needed into that with create a head that is simply too heavy. 

the best advice i can give you is to go for it, whether you decide to start with rigid or soft mounting. have a play around with different armature techniques and have a look at art doll tutorials as they may help with the armature side of things. 

whatever you decide to to, please feel free to submit to this group, we aim to help people in a friendly manner and don't tolerate bullying of any kind. we can also help if you want some pointers on a specific mount. 
SilverHowler Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My armatures are rather simple. Wooden dowels, round hooks, strung together with some form of firm, snap resistant wire(Soft armature wire used for sculpting works pleasantly well). The shoulders, they'll require playing. I'm actually going to sketch out a colour-coded armature guide here in a minute.

Do you know if the skull idea is even worth trying, though?
SilverHowler Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist Here are the concepts, doen quickly. The tail probably seems over-complicated, but in reality I got lazy with the spine xD It will be further segmented. I like natural movement, my hand is just cramping and I'm exhausted, still no sleep.
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KaltiaemCoyotes Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I know you're not asking me personally, but since nobody's responding I figured I might as well give you my thoughts on this. My first tip is to not start with soft mounting. Start with a simple rigid mount like a raccoon/fox/coyote head mount. Chances are you're not going to get very much critique around here, so I would suggest getting supplies for a rigid mount and heading to If you decide to do a soft mount, don't expect anyone on to give you critique, and don't expect to receive very friendly critique from anyone on here. These are all tips from personal experience and if you don't want to risk extreme hate, I would suggest you listen to me!
SilverHowler Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Not looking for critiques, just some pointers.

Thank you for the response. is being avoided, at least for now.

I do plan to start with rigid mounts, and before I start soft mounting, I'll be building prototypes. I've made posable plushes before, but that's seems far easier by comparison. 

I think I'll duplicate the hides in stiffer felt and see if I can get decent practice and see if my rig even works, long before I go anywhere near soft mounts.

I'm used to getting a lot of hate already, simply for who I am, but meh.

Rigid-mounting would probably be best to start trying out that skull idea too, huh?

But yeah, I don't plan to jump straight into soft mounting. That's a foolish thing to do, unless I want a lot of frustration.

Anyways, sorry that this is so scatterbrained. Been awake for 27 hours.
KaltiaemCoyotes Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I just jumped on it right away because I got a lot of nasty shit my way when I started mounting things ^^;

Honestly I would avoid the skull idea... they're getting a bit unoriginal and boring. I don't personally even consider them taxidermy unless you make it more complicated than it needs to be.

Heh, I know how that is; the hate thing, I mean. I get a lot of hate too ^^; But eh, what are you gonna do?

Good luck with your first mount! And get some sleep ffs xD
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