In 1983, Garry had a client who was a fish collector for the aquarium trade. While in South America at the headwaters of the Amazon River in Peru, he collected a specimen of a Tiger Striped Catfish, which was recently discovered in that area. When he returned to Wisconsin, the specimen died and he brought it to Garry to do a reproduction. The fish was approximately 27 inches long.
|SPECIMEN BEFORE FINS AND WHISKERS REMOVED|
|REFERENCE PICTURES OF THE ADIPOSE FIN AREA|
|NOTE THE LONG TRAILING TAIL FIN TIPS|
|WHISKER DETAIL. NOTICE THE SMALL EYE.|
|WHISKERS REMOVED FOR CASTING|
|PECTORAL AND VENTRAL FINS REMOVED AND THE FISH|
IS POSITIONED IN A BED OF HI-FIBER CASTING MATERIAL.
NOTE THE ROUND KEYS PRESSED INTO THE HI-FIBER.
|HEAD DETAIL IN HI-FIBER|
|TAIL AND ANAL FINS POSITIONED|
|A SPLASH COAT WAS POURED OVER THE WHOLE FISH, THEN |
A SECOND, HEAVIER COAT OF PLASTER WAS USED TO THICKEN THE MOLD.
HE USED A HYDROCAL DENTAL PLASTER.
|AFTER HARDENING, THE MOLD IS FLIPPED OVER.|
|BEFORE POURING THE SPLASH COAT, THIN LAYER OF LIQUID SOAP WAS APPLIED TO THE EXPOSED PLASTER FOR EASE OF SEPARATION.|
|AFTER THE SECOND HALF OF THE MOLD WAS CURED, THE FISH WAS REMOVED FROM THE MOLD.|
|THE VENTRAL AND PECTORAL FINS WERE CAST SEPARATELY WITH A SIMILAR PROCESS. AGAIN, NOTE THE ROUND KEYS IN THE MOLD.|
|THE FINISHED FIN MOLD, AFTER IT HAS DRIED AND HAS BEEN COATED WITH 3-LB ORANGE SHELLAC.|
|GARRY DIDN'T TAKE ANY PHOTOS OF ASSEMBLING THE FISH. THIS IS THE FINISHED REPRODUCTION, TOP VIEW SHOWING SUPPORT WIRES ATTACHED TO DRIFTWOOD.|
|FINISHED TIGER STRIPED CATFISH.|
THE WHISKERS WERE RECREATED USING WIRE AND ALL-GAME SCULPTING PUTTY. THE LONG, FLAT HEAD OF THIS TYPE OF CATFISH
IS INDICATIVE OF THE FAST WATER HABITAT THEY LIVE IN.
|TIGERFISH CAUGHT BY GARRY IN THE ZAMBEZI RIVER IN ZIMBABWE. HE BROUGHT PLASTER ALONG TO DO MOLD MAKING, BECAUSE THERE WAS NO WAY TO BRING A FISH BACK FROM AFRICA.|
|REFERENCE PICTURES OF SOME TIGERFISH GARRY CAUGHT.|
|BECAUSE VERY LIMITED SUPPLIES WOULD BE AVAILABLE IN AFRICA, GARRY BROUGHT HYDROCAL PLASTER WITH HIM. GARRY USED RIVER SAND TO SET THE FISH UP FOR POURING THE MOLD.|
The rainbow trout head in this picture was cast by Garry during a seminar at the 1985 World Taxidermy Championship. He also did a seminar on mounting fish with head reproductions at the 1986 World Taxidermy Championship. He has written articles about his methods for Breakthrough Magazine and the Breakthrough Fish Taxidermy Manual.
|THIS HEAD REPRODUCTION WAS FOR A YELLOW BULLHEAD. GARRY USED HIS REFERENCES TO RECREATE WHISKERS FROM WIRE AND SCULPTING PUTTY.|
|FINISHED 2 1/2 POUND YELLOW BULLHEAD|
|REDHORSE SUCKER WITH CAST HEAD|