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Tony Breedlove: Taxidermist, Artist, Smooth-On Enthusiast

Award-winning taxidermists like Tony Breedlove of Wildlife Art Creations in Melrose, FL, use Smooth-On rubbers, plastics, foams, pigments, etc. to create flawless reproductions of fish, reptiles and game. Innovative mold making and casting techniques have redefined the state-of-the-art in realistically reproducing wildlife.

Making their home and place of business in the heart of
Florida means Tony and wife Leslie always have access to exotic specimens to reproduce.  Reptiles, aquatic animals and rare mammal species are all part of the Breedlove's growing catalog.

As a busy taxidermist and mold maker, Breedlove requires an extensive product line that can adapt to his equally large species collection.  Smooth-On’s liquid rubbers, plastics and foams give Breedlove the versatility he needs to continue to grow his talents and build his business in a highly competitive field.

 Posing with a 12 ft (3.6 m) Florida alligator, Tony Breedlove creates reproductions of all manner of wildlife from the common to the exotic.

Posing with a 12 ft (3.6 m) Florida alligator, Tony Breedlove creates reproductions of all manner of wildlife from the common to the exotic.
 Mold Max® 30 is accelerated with Fast Cat® 30 and applied over a frozen specimen.

Mold Max® 30 is accelerated with Fast Cat® 30 and applied over a frozen specimen.
 The silicone is brushed into all undercuts and depressions.

The silicone is brushed into all undercuts and depressions.
 Another layer of Mold Max® 30 is accelerated with Fast Cat® 30 and applied over over the first layer.

Another layer of Mold Max® 30 is accelerated with Fast Cat® 30 and applied over over the first layer.
 The silicone is again brushed into all undercuts and depressions.  The ultimate mold thickness should be 3/8'' (1 cm).

The silicone is again brushed into all undercuts and depressions. The ultimate mold thickness should be 3/8'' (1 cm).
 THI-VEX® thixotropic additive is added to the accelerated Mold Max® 30.  This thickened material is used to build up the mold as well as fill in the open mouth.

THI-VEX® thixotropic additive is added to the accelerated Mold Max® 30. This thickened material is used to build up the mold as well as fill in the open mouth.
 A Mold Max® 30 silicone mold of a stingray is prepped for resin casting.  First, a coat of Ease Release® 200 is sprayed into the mold.

A Mold Max® 30 silicone mold of a stingray is prepped for resin casting. First, a coat of Ease Release® 200 is sprayed into the mold.
 Smooth-Cast® 300 is mixed with black SO-Strong® tint and poured into the mold.

Smooth-Cast® 300 is mixed with black SO-Strong® tint and poured into the mold.
 The Smooth-Cast® 300 resin is spread evenly inside the mold.

The Smooth-Cast® 300 resin is spread evenly inside the mold.
 When the Smooth-Cast® has fully cured, the Mold Max® mold can be peeled away from the casting.  The casting reflects perfect detail captured from the original animal.

When the Smooth-Cast® has fully cured, the Mold Max® mold can be peeled away from the casting. The casting reflects perfect detail captured from the original animal.
 One of Tony Breedlove's Mold Max® 30 alligator molds shown with an unfinished Smooth-Cast® 300 casting.

One of Tony Breedlove's Mold Max® 30 alligator molds shown with an unfinished Smooth-Cast® 300 casting.
 Completed casting of an alligator throwing a football presented to the University of Florida Athletic Commission.

Completed casting of an alligator throwing a football presented to the University of Florida Athletic Commission.
 Perfect antler reproductions created by Breedlove using Mold Max® silicone and Smooth-Cast® resin.

Perfect antler reproductions created by Breedlove using Mold Max® silicone and Smooth-Cast® resin.
 Reproduction ram horns made with Smooth-Cast® 300 resin.

Reproduction ram horns made with Smooth-Cast® 300 resin.
 Puma skull reproduced in Smooth-Cast® 320 resin.

Puma skull reproduced in Smooth-Cast® 320 resin.
 Alligator snapping turtle reproduction created using Mold Max® silicone, Smooth-Cast® 320 resin and Foam-iT!® 5 expanding urethane foam.

Alligator snapping turtle reproduction created using Mold Max® silicone, Smooth-Cast® 320 resin and Foam-iT!® 5 expanding urethane foam.
 Snapping turtle (upper left), alligator eggs (center) and alligator were all cast in Smooth-Cast® 300. Breedlove created this award-winning display for The World Taxidermy Championships.

Snapping turtle (upper left), alligator eggs (center) and alligator were all cast in Smooth-Cast® 300. Breedlove created this award-winning display for The World Taxidermy Championships.

                   
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