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snake skin tips?
Posted by: John Shear (---.ams.hpecore.net)
Date: April 04, 2019 11:54AM

Folks, I am planning a musky rod with split-grip and want to wrap rattlesnake skin on the blank between the two pieces of rear grip. Mudhole seems to be the easiest source for me. Are there different grades of snake skin such that some would work better than others?
Seems simple enough to glue down with CP (as I've done with feathers). Can I epoxy right over the skin or should it be sealed with CP or something?
Also thinking of using the skin under the double-foot casting guides. Would that look decent or is it too small of an exposed area between the feet to get much effect?

John Shear
Chippewa Falls, WI

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Re: snake skin tips?
Posted by: Lynn Behler (---.97.252.156.res-cmts.leh.ptd.net)
Date: April 04, 2019 02:32PM

I have done this with rattlesnake skin from Mudhole with excellent results. Glued down with cp, it must also be coated with cp once glued down and dried. I used 3 coats. Mudhole has a tutorial on the process. I would advise making a template of the inlay and sending it to Mudhole to ensure the skin is wide enough to cover the intended location. (especially on a rod of that size) I'm sure they will be very helpful if you call.

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Re: snake skin tips?
Posted by: Roger Templon (---.paw.cpe.atlanticbb.net)
Date: April 04, 2019 07:00PM

John
I also have put snakeskin inlays on several rods (skins not from Mudhole) and glued them down with cp. Then I top coated the skin inlays with 2 coats of cp to force out any air bubbles. Better to get rid of the air trapped in the skin with the cp than deal with them in a semi cured coat of finish. (PS all of them look great !)
Rog

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Re: snake skin tips?
Posted by: Lynn Behler (---.97.252.156.res-cmts.leh.ptd.net)
Date: April 04, 2019 07:29PM

Aside from the bubble issue, the skin needs cp to prevent it from becoming discolored when finish is applied.

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Re: snake skin tips?
Posted by: John Shear (---.ams.hpecore.net)
Date: April 05, 2019 03:07PM

Thanks guys.

John Shear
Chippewa Falls, WI

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