About Beth Beverly
I am a State and Federally licensed taxidermist who graduated from the Pocono Institute of Taxidermy in 2010 with high marks. I have a deep respect for this craft and those who strive to preserve it.
It is my pleasure to work on any trophy mount, be it a shoulder, life-size, rug, or fish.
I accept custom orders for fantasy mounts, wearables, and bridal hair pieces.
Sculptural mounts and hats are available for rental provided they are in stock at time of inquiry.
Contact me describing your wish and I will be delighted to make it so.
Diamond Tooth Taxidermy Blog:
Mon, Apr 22 2013 05:29 | carcass cast, chow, dog, german shepard, hide, immortalized, love, mold, pet, rug, tan, taxidermy, trophy
Back in January I received an email from a grieving woman about her dog whom had just passed away. I always get a pang in my heart upon opening these messages, along with a sense of urgency. In these cases, it's most likely an unexpected death and the person is unlikely to have the room or desire to accommodate a corpse in their freezer.
Pumpkin was/is the dearly loved Chow/German Shepard mix rescue dog of a young woman who was absolutely heartbroken the day I met her. It's emotionally taxing to meet new people under these circumstances but rewarding just the same, in that I feel a sense of honor in being entrusted as a steward of sorts of the creature in which this human has poured so much emotion into. Also as someone who has struggled with vulnerability and allowing others to see me in that state, I feel a genuine sense of respect and compassion for the people coming to me in a state of grief. I've always been a highly sensitive and compassionate person and these moments are what remind me that we are all made one way or another for a reason.
As I'm sure you may have guessed, there are no off the shelf mannequin heads available for purchase in likeness of this specific dog breed. One feature in particular that would be important to recreate was the fleshy jowls and his goofy smile. My best bet was a carcass cast.
Here is the silicone mold I made using Pumpkin's head:
I cut it into two parts, took the head out, joined the halves back together into a container and poured the expanding foam inside. After peeling the silicone away I was left with a perfect cast of Pumpkin's head:
This would be the manikin for the mount. From there it was a matter of setting the eyes, making ear liners, adding clay to the right parts and getting the expression just right.
Thankfully I was provided with dozens of pictures as reference material and was able to recreate his happy, sort of silly and completely lovable expression fairly well. I'm especially happy with the eyes.
She wanted the hide tanned as a rug as well; this coat was too beautiful to let go:
Most of the clay went into modeling the jowls:
And just for fun here's an underneath shot:
See you later, Pumpkin. It was a true honor to work with you.