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« on: January 03, 2012, 01:20:48 AM »

Hello, Happy New Year everyone! :)  2012 Man that just don't seem right does it?! :o Well along with several other New Years "resolutions" I decided to try to once again try posting up the occasional WING"TIP". I had several photographed for some time now and have actually started to compose a few more. My Friend Ludvik the "hobby amateur" ::) has been patient with me and I decided to try to post up one of the "quicker" easier ones. So here goes!

"Skinning for artificial head use"........ I know this is a rather easy task BUT I found certain species tend to want to tear if not careful and sometimes even IF careful. Aside from an occasional "relief" cut on the lower mandible area I found this technique to aid in SPEED and less tears. I also like the fact that you can wheel "past" the skin edge of the feathers onto the bill skin. This makes for a more uniform fleshing job and once the bird is out of the tumbler you can simply "TRIM" the bill skin away leaving behind a clean crisp edge for supergluing  the skin back to the artificial head. The bill skin is easily trimmed away after tumbling.

This method has aided me in making NICE clean feather to bill transitions, something I struggle with even with my reading glasses  :D LOL The following photos show the cuts to make while skinning and the trimming of the bill skin away once tumbled or dried. I do NOT do this on all birds but it does help and speed things up on the ones I do utilize it on, Its self explanatory BUT REMEMBER to NOT skin this way if you are going to cast the head. I have also tried to leave a small amount of this skin attached and have been trying to "reattach" it in the small dremeled out area mentioned in Wingtips #32 Still working on that ;)  Give it a try and Good Luck!! :)


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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2012, 01:22:09 AM »

The skin that remains to be trimmed.
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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2012, 01:23:28 AM »

Trim along the feather bill skin "edge" with sharp scissors  :)
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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2012, 03:53:11 AM »

E., you should. Show where you lay the knife on the bill where u make the initial cut then use your fancy computer diagram pen in a fitted line to show the cut. I sat and watched you do this and the cut was still a little unclear on this post.  It makes sense on the last photo.  Good idea for artificial bills if you go that route and the simplicity is genious...make that EUGENE ious...but this was a little confucious.
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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2012, 05:30:56 AM »

 ;D WOW what a start on the new year ;D and a nice and cool tips to :) thx for sharing whit us!!!

so now it will be the new tread: Wingtips of the week ;D ;D ;D :D in the new year :D
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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2012, 07:06:43 AM »

2012 proves to be  a great new year!  Wingman is back on the scene!  Glad to see you back, and doing a great job, as always, thank you Wingman!!
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« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2012, 08:13:30 AM »

 Great tip thanks wingman
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« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2012, 08:23:16 AM »

Nice seeing you back posting Wing Tips, looking forward to more in the future Happy New Year.
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« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2012, 08:38:12 AM »

I have always loved these tips.  Simple easy methods we should have known but hadn't yet. These tutorials have helped me a ton.  Thanks wingman for taking the time to post them. 
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« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2012, 09:33:54 AM »

Thanks wingman thats an awesome idea. I want to try it soon.
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« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2012, 09:55:27 AM »

I haven't done that many birds but this is a problem area when I go to mount. I feel great right now cause I just skinned a goose this way before I knew about this idea...thanks for the tip and all the others as well!!

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« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2012, 10:09:27 AM »

E., you should. Show where you lay the knife on the bill where u make the initial cut then use your fancy computer diagram pen in a fitted line to show the cut. I sat and watched you do this and the cut was still a little unclear on this post.  It makes sense on the last photo.  Good idea for artificial bills if you go that route and the simplicity is genious...make that EUGENE ious...but this was a little confucious.

Its rather "basic", the x'ed out area on the first photo is whats left on the skin, look at the photo and you will see the "LINE" you are asking for where the bill skin is cut. I drew in where the bill/feather transition is, You basically leave 1/8 inch of bill/mandible skin on all the way around, and then trim later.
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« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2012, 10:38:23 AM »

Another option is to not trim it away at all. I use my dremel tool and carve a slot into the artificial head deep enough to accept the extra skin. When I glue, I actually glue the mandible skin into the slot. You have to pay attention to your lines along the edge of the bill but it makes for a very smooth transition with perfect feather placement.
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« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2012, 12:10:09 PM »

Wingman!!!! Not mounting so many birds anymore but your wingtips are exellent!!!  ::)  Happy new year everybody!  :-* Ollie
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« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2012, 12:19:18 PM »

TX can you show us a picture of the slot method and the finished seam up close?
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