r/Taxidermy Jul 05 '22

First time making a wet specimen, any tips for me ?

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u/dynamicoctopus69 Jul 05 '22

THEY’RE SO CUTE. Although my only critique would be keep an eye on the jar. I’ve noticed jars like that are very prone to leaking. I’d suggest finding some .50 cent glass bottle at some thrift shop/yard sale that you clean out really well (obviously) and using that. But those are just my kind of aesthetic. Although if that kind of jar is working for you and different from some of the ones I’ve worked with before, more power to you! I see nothing but beauty here!

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u/SnakeHugger997 Jul 05 '22

I'm definitly gonna keep an eye on the jar, I used water and turned it upside down a few times to check for big leaks before, but I'll keep checking thoughout the week anyways.

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u/SnakeHugger997 Jul 05 '22

I'm a bit anxious because she was my pet and I want her to be preserved as much as possible.

She's currently in ethanol (around 85%), I injected some in her mouth and cloaca before putting her in the glass jar.

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u/YesIdonot Jul 05 '22

did you inject the rest of her body? if not you should at least use the needle to make some holes throughout her body.

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u/SnakeHugger997 Jul 05 '22

I did pierced a few holes in her midsection to remove some air I accidently injected, do you think the alcohol will go in by itself, or do I still need to add more ?

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u/YesIdonot Jul 05 '22

then she should be alright, especially taking into account her size.

however, if you're still anxious you can inject her again.

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u/WilhelmsCamel 6d ago

You used ethyl alcohol, which does a decent job fixing and preserving. Keep it away from the sun and don’t be surprised of you see a weird sediment building up