How to care for your mount?
- Over the next few days it is important to get your specimen into it's final resting position and allow a good few days to pass in warm and dry conditions to allow the specimen to set and dry out completely.
- Doing this will ensure the specimen can hold it's own weight without unwanted movement. You can tie or prop up your specimen, whatever you need to do to get it into the position you want until the mount has completely set.
- Do not be tempted to speed up the setting process by overheating the specimen. This will often result in unwanted reactions and can deform the appearance of some smaller animals.
- Over time dust or moths - taxidermy’s worst enemies might affect your specimen! So be sure to either gently brush your specimen with a soft dry brush (like a toothbrush) or give it a light blast with a hairdryer occasionally to unsettle any dust.
- After a period of time, leaving the specimen on a radiator overnight with some lavender can deter moths; the smell permeating the piece will keep moths away for a good few months and can be repeated without affecting the mounted specimen.