Using Dragon Skin® Silicone to Reproduce Antlers
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James Edgar of Authentic Taxidermy Supply ( www.authentictaxidermy.com ) is an experienced, award-winning taxidermist who knows all the tricks of the trade. From his years of industry experience as both a working taxidermist and an taxidermy educator, Edgar knows that accurately reproducing antlers is one of the most common yet often difficult tasks in the business. He has spent years refining his process, testing countless techniques and mold making materials in a search for the perfect reproduction.
Enter the Dragon Skin®
Smooth-On's Dragon Skin® is a high performance platinum cure silicone rubber that can be mixed 1A:1B by weight or volume and cures at room temperature with negligible shrinkage to a Shore 10A. Cured Dragon Skin® is very soft, very strong and very “stretchy”. It will stretch many times its original size without tearing and will rebound to its original form without distortion.
Complex antlers specimens require a mold making material that is flexible and strong enough to be removed without tearing. James Edgar, and many other taxidermists around the world find Dragon Skin® to be the perfect choice.
For more about Authentic Taxidermy Supply, including information about Edgar's own taxidermy school, visit their website at: www.authentictaxidermy.com