Preservation Specialties Creates A Green-Winged Teal Duck Using Advanced Taxidermy Materials
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Preservation Specialties, like many other top-quality taxidermy studios, creates true-to-life, artistic pieces from many of its subjects. Recently, a customer asked that the Green-winged Teal Duck he had shot be preserved and installed in a realistic habitat as part of the display piece.
A series of different polyurethanes was used for the project:
Mannequin: FM-2045 rigid, 4-5 pound open-cell polyurethane foam was used for the body. The foam was cast in a silicone rubber mold that that had been prepared from the duck’s carcass.
Skull: IE-3030 white polyurethane was used to mold the head. The product has a low viscosity that is easy to cast and cures quickly to produce tough, long-lasting parts.
Body and head: The polyurethane carcass was completed with the addition of the Teal’s colorful skin. Preservation Specialties’ Stay-Put™ Hide Paste Extreme was used as the adhesive.
Legs and feet: Each of the duck’s legs and feet was molded in silicone rubber molds from an original carcass. IE-90A polyurethane was the material of choice for these parts because it is strong enough to retain the needed detail and dimensional accuracy even in the thin webbed sections of the feet.
Eyes: Glass eyes for the Green-winged Teal were purchased.
Water: IE-72DC water clear polyurethane was used to achieve a very high quality, transparent effect for the pond.
Lily pads: IE-90A polyurethane was selected to reproduce natural-looking lily pad leaves that, like the duck’s feet, had to maintain their shape and delicate appearance over time
The final Green-winged Teal measures approximately ten inches from beak to tail; the piece of art is 12 inches x 14 inches overall.