My goal for Wingtips this year was to post up one NEW tip every month and February is flying by WOW!!
I will never figure out where time goes LOL. I did not take enough photographs when I took these pictures way back in "08" but I figured I can still write the method out and the couple pics will help out. This WINGTIP outlines another skinning method that can be used on birds along with the ventral and dorsal methods, I like this method for the fact that it does NOT disturb the breast plumage at all making for crisp clean breast that grooms out very well. I don't use it often but it does work well when utilized, The best use I find for it is Goldeneyes that sometimes like to get stained in the ventral skinning method and or any bird that is "breast out" and your wanting the benefit of this method. It may also work well for those of you who dislike sewing as in reality the area can be very easily pinned back into place on some poses. The method is very easy:
Start by simply making an incision from the tip of the humorous "wing bone" to the rear flank/hip area. Visualize where the sidepocket feathers end and stop your main incision right there. I find it helpful to wet down the area first as the plumage in this area is very "downy".
Next work the skin down towards the breast bone and sever the first wing joint free from the body, Not unlike any other skinning method simply work towards the Hip area and free the hip joint. Once the wings are severed cut the neck at the clavicle area and pull the skin over the chest andwork your way down to the tail. This technique is very similar to any other skinning method, if in question look over "over the shoulder skinning in a previous Wingtip and that should help out a bit.
Now understand EVERYTHING about skinning this way feels awkward at first and Later the wiring/and assembly will seem strange also but just take your time and think everything through.
I apologize I did not take more detailed photos but the method basically is showing you where to make the initial incision and the rest just takes some forethought as far as assembly etc.
Now when the bird is assembled On standers I do not sew the incision up at all. I simply pull the sidepocket feathers up where they belong, pin the skin in place Once the wing is in place will it hide the incision well , On flyers OR standers with an extended wing sew the incision up as you normally would.
The couple pics I have of this method should help with the "questions" and I also included a few shots of the "ventral" method or belly incision.. Good Luck!!