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Dark Velvet by WeirdCityTaxidermy Dark Velvet by WeirdCityTaxidermy
Axis skull with antlers in velvet. I had the antlers freeze dried this time, as opposed to the one time I used an injectable tan to save velvet, and I've gotta say that freeze drying is the way to go! Even if it costs a bit more to do. Not only does the velvet retain its plumpness at the tips, which otherwise will tend to shrink, but the hairs don't flatten against the skin as it dries... just looks great all-around. :)
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FancyFoxTaxidermy Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016  Student Artisan Crafter
Thought it was a sambar for a second there.

I like injecting the antlers but freeze drying is a lot safer then formaldehyde lol
Only problem with freeze drying is that bugs will still eat at the velvet
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WeirdCityTaxidermy Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
They were dipped in a bug-proofing solution, so hopefully that will help with the bugs. I've injected velvet antlers once before (with an antler-in-velvet tan from McKenzie) and not only was it a pain, the tips still shrunk, even though the antlers were pretty much done growing and were nice and hard underneath. I do appreciate that freeze-drying prevents this kind of shrinkage.
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FancyFoxTaxidermy Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Student Artisan Crafter
What i did to try and prevent shrinkage, was inject glycerin into the tips. The tips on mine were eh due to being delayed on the plane and by the time i finally got off, it had completly defrosted. Me being me, cried thinking i had lost them. But they came out near perfect.
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WeirdCityTaxidermy Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
I see! Well, I'm really glad to hear the antlers were alright despite being defrosted. That sort of thing is always frightening, when you think you've lost something to spoilage and you're trying to salvage it...
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DarkEyedAssassin Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that' really cool.
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Prov12-10Taxidermy Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2016  Student Artisan Crafter
The velvet is so rich and gorgeous looking! 
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Federnarr Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wonderful work! :)
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