Mickey Alice Kwapis

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Austin Taxidermy Workshop - Mammals - Make a Deposit

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Austin Taxidermy Workshop - Mammals - Make a Deposit


Discounts will be provided to those who sign up for more than one of my classes in Austin. Place your deposits for each class as usual and the discount will be subtracted from the balance you owe.

Sign up for a taxidermy class with absolutely no experience necessary — all are welcome! Utilizing a raw specimen, you will learn the entire process of dry preservation from start to finish! Reserve your spot for $100 USD and pay the remaining $100 on the day of your class. These classes are $200 total and limited to eight students.

Dates and times:

  • Saturday, June 10th @ 1 pm

Location: This class will be taking place at Whirlaway Farm.

Upon arriving to the class, each student will receive their choice of a rabbit or rat and all of the supplies to mount it. Students will learn about skinning for taxidermy, cleaning and fleshing their hides, carving polyurethane foam heads, wrapping excelsior bodies, wiring limbs and tails, setting the facial features, and sewing flat stitches that are easily hidden under fur. From there, everyone will pin and pose their animal and even dress it up if desired. Bring your own clothing and doll furniture if you'd like. Aftercare instructions will be covered at the end of class, and each student leaves with their finished animal. After three weeks, temporary pins can be removed from the face and the animal is ready for gift-giving or display!

All specimens are sustainably sourced. This means none of the animals died just to be a part of the taxidermy process, and all of their parts not used in the taxidermy process (everything but the skin) is repurposed for food and fertilizer when possible. All ages are welcome to participate in these classes. Students under twelve must be accompanied by a calm adult that can assist where needed. Students with special needs are also welcome - just let me know beforehand if you are signing a minor up for the class and/or if special accommodations are required.

To sign up and reserve your spot, please follow these instructions:

  • Choose your desired class date and time from the drop-down menu.
  • Click the button below the menu to add the ticket(s) to your cart.
  • Fill out the form that pops up. You will need to provide a name, email address, phone number, and choice between a rabbit or a rat.
  • Each student needs to have a separate form filled out. If you are giving the class as a gift, please provide the student’s information rather that your own.
  • When you are finished adding the desired tickets to your cart, proceed to checkout and pay your deposit of $100 per ticket. Your registration is not complete and your spot is not reserved until you have submitted payment.
  • The remaining $100 per student will be due in cash at the time of the class. A reminder about this will be provided in an email sent to students the week of their class date along with location info and more.

The nitty-gritty: Deposits are nonrefundable unless the class gets cancelled. If you make a deposit but find you can no longer attend the class, you may forfeit your deposit or transfer it to another person if you desire. Please notify me of any transfers or ask any questions you may have by emailing hello@mickeyalicekwapis.com.

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Mickey Alice Kwapis is a Chicago-based taxidermist, jeweler, and person who does a lot of stuff. All site content ©2011-2017 Mickey Alice Kwapis and Niche Lab LLC. Questions? Use the contact form.