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Taxidermy Rat Class
June 17 @ 12:00 pm - 6:30 pm| 200-250
(PLEASE NOTE!!!!! If you want to add another head to your rat please bring with you $50)
From Victorian curiosity cabinets to Coney Island sideshows, gaff making has held it’s place in history, and our hearts. This class will teach students of all levels everything they need to know about proper small mammal taxidermy technique and the details that make a gaff truly convincing-or comical! Students are encouraged to get creative. Having been commissioned to work on natural oddities (like two faced or ‘Janus’ kittens) and supernatural freaks (conjoined chicken gaff), the instructor will draw upon her experience to help students create memorable mounts.
Students will learn everything involved in the production of a fully finished taxidermy mount, including initial preparation, hygiene and sanitary measures, fleshing, tail stripping, and dry preservation. Forms will be built using the tried and true traditional method of wrapped body, and various techniques will be presented for re-building or carving heads, and other techniques that make a gaff seamless. Once properly preserved, the rats will be posed and outfitted as the student desires. Although a broad selection of props and accessories will be provided by the instructor, students are also welcome to bring their own accessories and bases; all other materials will supplied. As always, all specimen are ethically sourced.
Each student will leave class with a fully finished piece, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future.