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#3221596 - 04/14/13 09:28 AM Fan mount?
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Registered: 07/02/08
Posts: 839
Loc: SW VA

What's the best way to preserve the fan and mount it? I've read some using salt and some use borax. Do you take the fan apart the pit it back together?

Thanks guys

#3221613 - 04/14/13 10:04 AM Re: Fan mount? [Re: Tn_Va_Hunter]
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Registered: 11/10/10
Posts: 17592
Loc: Franklin TN

Sometimes borax and sometimes cut off the feathers and glue them back onto a piece of cardboard (could use wood or anything else) why I like about cutting and gluing is you can arrange them flat and near-perfectly and it doesn't take a week or two to dry. Always save some of the shiny hackle at the base of the tail to make it look nicer. Remove the smaller feathers behind the tail fan because you won't even see those. If you use borax (or salt) then trim off all the meat you possibly can, without cutting into the follicles, and work the borax into all the exposed area, all the crevices, make sure it's thoroughly coated in borax. Pin the fan to a board in the shape you like, maybe put some flat kind of weight in the middle to hold the hackle flat against the fan, let it dry at least a week or until 100% stiff so it holds shape when the pins are removed.

#3221621 - 04/14/13 10:16 AM Re: Fan mount? [Re: catman529]
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Registered: 07/02/08
Posts: 839
Loc: SW VA

Thanks catman. When cutting them off do you cut one at a time and then place it?
#3221722 - 04/14/13 01:30 PM Re: Fan mount? [Re: Tn_Va_Hunter]
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Registered: 07/20/05
Posts: 19786
Loc: Rutherford / Wilson County Lin...

I used borax. Just grab the fan and feel around the base of it where it meets the body. Cut it off right there and trim any extra meat off. Lay it flap, spread it open, and pin it that way. I use nails on a board and some use push pins on corrugate. Pour borax on the meaty part and leave for a week. Flip it and repeat. You don't have to leave it on each side for a week but I do.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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