Introduction: Moose Head - Faux Taxidermy

I wanted to buy a fairly expensive faux moose head online, but i thought of a creative way to make my own using used materials found around my home.

Step 1: Things You'll Need

First you will need used brown paper towels (I found these to be the
strongest), used wire (wire hangers and a rack from a roasting pan are what I used, any thicker gauge will be adequate), wire cutters, pliers, safety glasses, Mod Podge (any glue based adhesive will work), and water to water down the glue.

Other things to consider are

  • Drop cloths or news paper to keep things clean
  • Gloves
  • Paint brushes you don't mind destroying
  • Used clothing
  • Wood (if you want to cut out a plaque
  • Sander
  • Router

WORK IN A WELL VENTILATED AREA

Step 2: Shap Your Wire

This step is when you start to shape your mount. Find images online of a moose, or any animal you want to create, and start to shape the metal into the profile of that animal. This is almost like the skeleton of the animal and will not have to be perfect. If there are places that don't look right, you can always reshape it.

Step 3: Shape the Neck

You want to be sure to create a neck that is proportionate with the size of the animal.

Step 4: Attach the Neck

Connect the neck with pieces of wire and secure it tight to insure the head stays secure.

Step 5: Contour the Face

Create the rest of the face out wire to make it look more 3D. Bend the wire to create the contours.

Step 6: Applying the Paper

Get pieces of the paper towel and start covering the head with it. Put glue on top and let it dry over night. This is the longest part of creating a faux mount. It takes several hours for the glue to dry, and it must completely dry in order to add more layers.

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Step 10: Details

Add details like nostrils and antlers. Let it dry and you're done! You can paint the sculpture as well, but I left mine with the brown of the towels.

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seamster made it! (author)2014-12-03

Very cool! I've wanted to make some faux taxidermied animal for years. This looks like a great technique!

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pcrios made it! (author)pcrios2014-12-03

Thanks! Let me know if you have questions.

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