Yesterday I had a foam manikin and a wet fox fur covered in tanning solution.
Today we arrived to class and began by “pre fitting” our manikins. Essentially, we dressed the manikins in wet fur to see if they fit. It reminded me of trying on skinny jeans at H&M. You never know what size to choose and you have to do quite a bit of pulling and tugging. Even after all of that, you are not quite sure they fit right or not. Manikin adjustments were made. This involved Bondo, super glue, staples, dry wall screws, hot glue, wire, duct tape, bubblegum and anything else we could think of. It will all be covered in fur after all is said and done.
Once the manikins were properly fitted, we washed the pelts in Tide again and gave them a good rinse. Next it was off to the washing machine where we dried them off with a quick run through the spin cycle. Yup, the spin cycle in the washing machine. Now you know the secret. As they were spinning, we set the eyes in something called critter clay.
My manikin waiting for a fitting (and a head).
Rob sews his coyote.