If needed use painters tape to keep the feathers separated keeping the skin exposed. With a scalpel make your first cut follow the Breast bone down to the vent.
Once the cut is made start lifting the skin with one hand and cut the tissue thats holding the skin to the meat. Sprinkle borax on the inside of the skin to absorb the fluids (if the meat is to be consumed cornmeal is used)
Continue skinning until stopped by the leg and wing bone.
Now separate the leg and wing from the main body by cutting through the joint .Finish skinning the of the body to the neck.
Once the body is free of the skin ,lift the body and roll the skin down the neck to the base of the skull.
|Pulling the head right side in|
At this point you should remove the eye tissue and the brain. Before turning the head right side in flesh the neck area( remove all unwanted meat and tissue) and sprinkle with Borax.
The wing and leg should be skinned out in the same manner as the neck, once the meats are exposed remove them from the bone leaving the leg bone intact. When the the area is clean of meat and tissue cover it with Borax . The skin is now free of all meat and fleshing may begin, remember always scrape the fat and tissue on the skin "with the feather quills" not against them. Bird skin is very thin and easily damaged.
|Recreating the body|
Carving the body:
Lay the body on a piece of carving foam and trace the outline. Begin carving the foam using the body as a template. Tools used :carving knife and hand held rasp.
Washing the bird skin:
This can be done in the kitchen sink,
or a five gal. bucket. Add Dawn liquid dish soap to five gallons of warm water. Submerge the skin and agitate until the water runs clear. Remove and drip dry for a few minutes. Place the skin in a shallow container filled with mineral spirits.
Agitate gently then allow to sit for five minutes. This process will remove remaining water and soap.
Again remove the skin and allow to drip a few minutes, place the wet skin in a container and cover it with 20 Mule Team Borax soap.
Place your gloved hand in side the cavity,
and begin blow drying the feathers. Be careful
not to dry the skin only the feathers.
All plumage must be completely dry before mounting begins.