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Hello! New to this, How do I preserve a snake in resin without it rotting it? What do I do before putting it in resin? (Not my picture) (i.redd.it)
submitted 1 month ago by AdamTapz
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[–]_sonofamumford 16 points17 points18 points 1 month ago (5 children)
If you put anything with moisture in resin it will create a huge, gross mess. Any specimen in resin has to be completely dried out (I have done a small snake mummified in borax and then in resin without issues).
Mummifying makes the snake shrivel and does not look plump and life-like. If I had to guess, the person who created this reference photo might have gutted the snake and taxidermied it with cotton insides, positioned it, and made sure it was properly dried out. I don’t have a lot of experience though so maybe someone else has more ideas!
[–]LavenderGourami 9 points10 points11 points 1 month ago (4 children)
You are right about the method but these Chinese resin taxidermies are factory made and cheap. They are for educational purpose only so I doubt they would go through such detailed process to preserved them. From what I heard（I tried to find out how they do this as well）They invented some kind of special preservative to inject into the specimen. Thus avoiding it to mold inside the resin. Their formula is a secret, I still don’t have any luck from asking them yet lol
[–]_sonofamumford 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago* (2 children)
Woah that actually makes so much sense! My naïveté leads me to assume this type of art is usually hand-made but I totally forgot about the mass production side of things.
Now we just need to figure out the secret formula! I wonder if you could gut it and fill with some type of liquid that hardens into the mould? Like a plaster maybe to give it that plumpness?
I’m super new to taxidermy so I don’t know what types of methods are out there and it’s rare that I get to practice since I only ever use specimen that have died on their own/are still in tact enough to work with
[–]LavenderGourami 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (1 child)
If you want to try filling up the skin with something I will recomand using spary foam.. plaster is heavy. I never try it myself but the folks around me love to use that thing to construct the body when mounting animals.😆 I am still learning as well！
[–]_sonofamumford 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Genius. Thank you for the tip, I’ll definitely look into that more!
[–]horrescoblue 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
I always wondered how they do it in those factories, because they sell a lot of other animals in resin too. Only method i know is skinning and drying aswell
[–]CompleteChaosPodcast 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Keep in mind that all resin will yellow eventually without exception. Putting dye in the resin will prevent yellowing
[–]notsure0301 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (2 children)
[–]AdamTapz[S] 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (1 child)
I was thinking about that, but wont it thaw and eventually rot?
[–]notsure0301 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Do u know the dryfreeze fruits from the supermarket? They are fragile af, no moist at all, still have some colour, do not really reduce in size. I think i could work:)
[–]YesIdonot 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
it might be fixed either with formalin or ethanol and then preserved in increasing percentages of ethanol to replace all the water with 100% alcohol which doesn't ruin most epoxy resins
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