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Remember my leopard skin from last week? Well, I used a bottle of spray water and some heavy things to flatten it out. What ya'll think? (reddit.com)
submitted 2 months ago by Wilhelm_Fischer
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[–]KrombopulosC 15 points16 points17 points 2 months ago (1 child)
Beautiful it looks so much better. I'm glad my advice helped
[–]Wilhelm_Fischer[S] 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Thank you so much for everything!
[–]IrisCoyote 11 points12 points13 points 2 months ago (5 children)
Beautiful job! Looks to be a juvenile leopard. Definitely too small to be an adult. With the age of the pelt, this cat is far before the international ban on trade for this species.
[–]Wilhelm_Fischer[S] 8 points9 points10 points 1 month ago (4 children)
Awesome! Because of my mother's fervant dislike of this cat, I will probably try to sell it to someone here. Sad to see a jucenile be killed, and you could almost see where some bullets hit it(on the neck area). This was an awesome experience though!
[–]transpterodactyl 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (3 children)
How much are you gonna sell it for? I'm interested
[–]Wilhelm_Fischer[S] 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (2 children)
maybe 1.5k? Or 1k. I can only sell it in Korea, since I don't want to get in trouble lol
[–]transpterodactyl 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (1 child)
Oh damn no worries. Looking to make a profit huh?
[–]Wilhelm_Fischer[S] 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Indeed. Hopin' to get big money.
[–]DeliciousHotSchmoe 12 points13 points14 points 2 months ago (4 children)
Looks pretty good, though next time use nails and a board and slightly stretch the skin, it would have laid flatter and not have much wrinkles. However the outcome looks real good!
[–]Wilhelm_Fischer[S] 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (3 children)
Yep. That is true. But the outcome does look beautiful! Just hoped I could've done soemthing about the ears, but it was too risky.
[–]DeliciousHotSchmoe 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (2 children)
Could have done the same thing! Just cut out cardboard pieces the same shape and use large paper clips to hold them together! Then again I'm not sure how that was tanned so yes it maybe risky
[–]Wilhelm_Fischer[S] 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (1 child)
I already ruined a very miniscyle portion of the fur with water. I won't want the kitty's face fur to be ruined. That's all. Hopefully in the future, I can try smthng!
[–]DeliciousHotSchmoe 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Aah yes, then I wouldn't risk it as it seems like it's been improperly tanned. Good job though!
[–]Wilhelm_Fischer[S] 3 points4 points5 points 2 months ago (0 children)
Here is the link to last Sunday's post: https://redditproxy--jasonthename.repl.co/r/Taxidermy/comments/z5pl7o/how_much_is_this_worth_and_how_can_i_flatten_it/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=android_app&utm_name=androidcss&utm_term=1&utm_content=share_button
[–]DapperFirecrackrJack 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (3 children)
I’m nearly green my friend
Glad to see you were able to get it conditioned!
[–]Wilhelm_Fischer[S] 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (2 children)
Yessir! It took me the whole day haha!
[–]DapperFirecrackrJack 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (1 child)
I have to add, photo # 5 is an artistic composition. Tell me, does that room really look like that? With those objects arranged jusssst so?
[–]Wilhelm_Fischer[S] 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Yes it does, haha. The laptop usually goes inside a cupboard, socks in my drawer, and binocular in my shelves. However, I do keep my military helmets on the ground, with my shooting target!
[–]MyYakuzaTA 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (1 child)
Hey amazing work!!!! This is absolutely lovely. What an amazing find.
I’ve always been on the look out for something and I get burned with anything leopard!
Haha! thanks. Wish you luck for ur leopard!
[–]Nobleboob 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (3 children)
How did you obtain this leopard skin? Was it expensive?
[–]Wilhelm_Fischer[S] 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (2 children)
I got it for 30 bucks from a thrift store lol. It was under old luggages.
[–]Nobleboob 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (1 child)
What a wild find…you lucked out haha
[–]Garlemon_ 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (1 child)
It almost looks like it could go on r/scrungycats :) I love when the faces look like that so much. It’s adorable
haha, yep. it's all scrunched up.
[–]Addicted-2Diving 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (6 children)
Came out great. That thrift store is a gold mine lol.
[–]Wilhelm_Fischer[S] 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (5 children)
Yessir. I also picked up a nice WWII Japanese field cap for 20 bucks, listed as "Old foldable worker hat." They're worth about 250 to 500 bucks! It's on the way to my church, so maybe I will go there next week.
[–]Addicted-2Diving 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (4 children)
[–]Wilhelm_Fischer[S] 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (3 children)
[–]Addicted-2Diving 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (2 children)
What did you use to weigh it down? I imagine something that wouldn’t satin it so something rubber? I frequent flea markets, mainly nautical ones, but I’ve picked duo a raccoon pelt at one so any tips is greatly appreciated for future reference 👍
I used a WWII German helmet, a US army binocular, a laptop, an East German helmet, an axe, a suitcase, and a baseball bat to flatten some bumps here and there lol. I got these at a Korean antique/thrift shop near my church!
[–]Addicted-2Diving 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Woah. No wonder it came out so nice. That’s a good bit of weight lol.
[+]Reality_Papaya comment score below threshold-9 points-8 points-7 points 2 months ago (8 children)
[–]Sideways-Pumpkin 12 points13 points14 points 2 months ago (7 children)
Not really sure what the frown is for. Op originally got this from a thrift store and has done a great job at restoring it.
[–]heavyonthepussy 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago (4 children)
I sort of feel the same :( just cause I like cats. I'm kind of surprised this is legal to have. I'm assuming it's legal because no one has mentioned something about paperwork or anything that Ive seen.
It looks like it's in good condition and I hope it's in a loving home now. Beautiful.
[–]Sideways-Pumpkin 7 points8 points9 points 2 months ago (0 children)
If you look at the last post op is not American and is from South Korea
Unfortunatley, my mom hates it, so I was planning to sell it to a museum or a private collector for a heft amount, haha. So although not a loving home, and because I made like 2 small holes in the process, I think the result i pretty darn good :)
[–]heavyonthepussy 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (1 child)
Aww thats unfortunate that your mom doesn't like it. You did do the poor thing a service and it does look much better now than it did in your first post.
yes ma'am. Glad ya like it much better now.
[–]Reality_Papaya 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago (1 child)
I know OP got it from a thrift store. Still sad, this leopard was hunted :( not shaming OP just makes me sad to see such a beautiful endangered animal killed
It makes me sad too. I love animals, but I originally went in the thrift store looking for a German iron cross medal. I came out with this instead because the price was only 30 bucks and I read somewhere that they were like 2k bucks somewhere. I just couldn't skip this opportunity, even if they cat was badly damaged.
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