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wip4 by Dancingcoyote wip4 by Dancingcoyote
A hyena to mount up after I finish my five million other taxidermy projects- before I get to this guy I need to finish softening/tanning a bunch of pelts, finish cleaning around 20-30 skulls, and mount up a wolf pedestal, gray fox lifesize, red fox lifesize, coyote lifesize, coyote pedestal, buck shoulder mount, fawn shoulder mount..
Ordered the smallest hyena change out head Mckenzie had, got some boar eyes, and managed to find some pre-made celastic hyena earliners. Need to shrink the form down a few sizes and edit it into a rug shell
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RenegadeWeasel Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
OMG a hyena!  How did you get that?!
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Wow, What a great piece to have!  :happybounce:  Can't wait to see it done. Love to see and read that you are going for the closed mouth too.
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stolen-foxes Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
Sorry-when I read the other comments, my question (below) got answered
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stolen-foxes Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
Oh my gosh-how cool!  A hyena!  I'd love to see pics of his progress.  I'm curious, are you doing him for yourself or a client?
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Sinnibelle Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am glad you are not going to make it all snarly and stuff. I see soo many "snarling" mounts as rugs.. I prefer the plain expressions myself.
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Dancingcoyote Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
yeah, I rarely see hyenas mounted without the snarl and with rugs, if they're not snarling, then their mouth is hanging open with an incredibly spaced out look like they're really high or something. Gonna go for a focused but relaxed expression for this guy, I don't see it too often for rugs or hyenas in general
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Sinnibelle Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah I don't understand why you would pay so much for a pelt and to have it taxidermied poorly. It makes me kind of sad..
Yes most rugs I have seen of any animal it's always snarling and it's face is scrunched :/ I've seen a couple nice ones but most often they aren't :(
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Taigas-den Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You got yourself quite a to-do list, my dear! How in the world did you manage to obtain a Hyena pelt? That's so cool.
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Dancingcoyote Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I got him in December from someone on the taxidermy forums (who also has a dA account, but can't remember the name off hand), who from what I've gathered is a wildlife educator. They had to sell him to pay some bills, and a spotted hyena had been on at the top of my 'holy grail' list for a while, so I contacted them to see if they'd take a short payment plan on him with no real hope they'd accept, but they were actually kind enough to accept and now I have this guy. Its the most I've spent on a single piece, but I don't regret it. Spotted hyenas are incredible animals and their pelts are super interesting!
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Taigas-den Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wouldn't regret it either! Such a phenomenal specimen!

Would you mind describing the fur's texture to me? I've never felt a hyena or a hyena pelt before. It looks kind of course and short like a lab or something
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Dancingcoyote Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
it is a little course and short, he basically feels like a goat
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Taigas-den Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's so cool <3
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Tricksters-Taxidermy Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
I would totally die for a hyena soft mount...

can't wait to see this guy done!
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Dancingcoyote Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I thought about doing a soft mount but besides just having no desire to turn him into a soft mount I want to be able to take him places for education when I can which a soft mount would make difficult because of his larger size, plus it would be a mega chore to make a hyena soft mount look decent, so a simple rug with a relaxed face it is
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CreatureUndertaker Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
do you plan on just keeping it leather or back it up with fabric?

thank you for not turning it into a plush.  
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Dancingcoyote Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I'm not sure. I def won't use the silly looking frilly felt bordering that's common in commercial rugs, but I'm trying to figure out if I can do some kind of border that would look really nice. Right now I'm leaning heavily towards just leaving it leather
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CreatureUndertaker Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
true, could just leave it as leather for people to feel the underside of the leather for anyones whos interested.
or always just back it up right along the edges to where it has some extra support towards the leather?
and could always add hangers towards it if youd like to hang it up at some point.

but neat, i look forward to seeing this project!
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Dancingcoyote Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Leaving it the original leather would be a good idea for education, but I have thought about backing it with some thick leather or other thick material (without having a border showing) just to make him a little sturdier. It'll probably be a little while before I get to this project, but it should be fun
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