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« on: November 30, 2009, 04:03:58 PM »

here is several of the steps i go through mounting a standing pheasant (or any species), will do this in several post so it doesnt bog things down hope it helps

here is what my pattern looks like:


first piece:


forming the pieces:












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« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2009, 04:15:24 PM »

keep adding pieces and checking against the pattern also at this point i am not adding to the thickness of the body i am building from back to belly and breast to tail







preparing to build the breast muscle and clavicle area, i transfer the pattern to my body to guide for symetry and size



first step in building muscle

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« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2009, 04:21:51 PM »

building the clavicle and breast









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« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2009, 04:28:09 PM »



now the breast and clavicle are done i blend them to the body





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« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2009, 04:35:22 PM »

now to the thighs, i transfer the hip joint and measure the length of the thigh bone for my leg attachment point and mark this and th transfer the thigh muscle from my pattern to the body









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« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2009, 04:55:22 PM »

now that the body is roughed out i move on to the neck, side note, depending on the pose i will adjust the depth of the clavcle area for the neck this is an upright walking pheasant so don't need to tuck the neck

running the neck wire



prebending the neck, note the dip right out of the body and the "S" curve


wrapping the neck






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« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2009, 05:09:30 PM »

now i move to the head, when using the real skull i cut away most of the lower skull and jaw area



filling the eye sockets





i leave the membrane that is over the eye attached and use this as a guide for depth of the clay, this is all i rebuild at this point on the head, then i fill the brain cavity with hot glue and insert the neck wire into the skull

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« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2009, 05:32:45 PM »

now to the wings and legs, i leave the ball on the wing bone untill the last possible moment, it is much less likely to tear the skin that way, i cut this off right at the base of the joint, i don't wire the wings on standing birds unless they are going to be extended from the body in some way



i run the leg wires along the bone and down the back of the leg and out of the bottom of the foot in various places depeding on the pose and then i use electrical tape and tape the wire to the leg since this is a walking bird one wire comes out the bottom of the foot and i ran the other down to the middle joint of the toe, i see a lot of standing mounts that have th wires run down to the toe joints causing the mount to be raised up on its toes like a ballarena, look at reference birds stand on the ball of the foot not up on their toes





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« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2009, 05:56:37 PM »

now i have wired the legs through the predetermind points that i set when i transfered the leg/thigh points in wrapping the body, i place a little liquid nails around the attachment point to help make it completely solid once it is dry



now i place a small amount of filler along the side pockets to help form the final shape of the bird, this is the next step of taking the rough body and refining the anatomy (or rather the illusion of the anatomy)



i also use a little fill in the crop area of the neck/breast junction, when using fill anywhere be careful a little goes a long way, here is the breast before the fill


and after

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« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2009, 06:11:05 PM »

 ;)  pretty much how i do it 8)  good to see wrapping is alive and well in the us of a. ;)
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« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2009, 06:23:04 PM »

i wrap almost everything from quail to standing and strutting turkeys, i won't wrap flying turkeys, flying large geese or swans just because i like to bondo my attachment wires to mke absolutely sure they are solid.
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« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2009, 06:52:50 PM »

 yep i wrap anything bigger than a jay 8) small tweetie upto jay size i carve outta foam, it's easier to pass the lighter wires through foam ,than woodwool. 8) ;)
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