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Progress Report and Bison Skins

May 23, 2018

I don't know what I was thinking, but the felting and furring over cracks took only a short amount of time. I estimated it would take three weeks and it only took a couple of days. The bison are now completely stabilized. All the cracks are bridged over with spun-bond polyester. The show-side cracks have overlapping pieces of fur shingled one on top of the other to hide the cracks. I have used BEVA adhesive thickened with cellulose powder to fill cracks in the nose and around the eyes. I have adhered a thin BEVA cast of the nose texture over the female's original, cracked nose and painted it with oil paint. These mounts look better than I have ever seen them ever and I know that they will remain looking good for a long time to come.
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No crack to be found

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The other news is that the two bison skins from the Burke Museum in Seattle arrived today! I couldn't have scheduled a better time for them to arrive! I am going to refer to these skins as I airbrush dyes to re-color the faded fur. More to come

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Note the color difference between the mounted bison in the diorama and the skin hanging in the foreground!

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Posted on May 23, 2018 by Michael Anderson

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