Hello, Happy New Year everyone!
2012 Man that just don't seem right does it?!
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
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!!