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« on: December 01, 2007, 05:01:36 PM »

Hey guys I thought I'd take some shots while I prepped the eyes on this woodduck. Enjoy! The first thing I do on a tucked head is sculpt the upper port<center>
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</center>ion of the neck into the head. It's more work but I end up with a perfect transition in this criticall area on a woodduck.
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« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2007, 05:04:28 PM »

Next the <center>
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</center>eyes are set in sculpall.
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« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2007, 05:09:23 PM »

Cory Wright had the idea of reproducing nictitating membrains out of film negative. It works great, just cut the roundness into the negative and test fit. Make sure you use the last portion of the negatives cause its the darkest.<center>
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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2007, 05:12:56 PM »

The negative is cut down and pressed into the sculpall.<center>
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« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2007, 05:18:59 PM »

Sculpall is mixed with red paint, then set aside for a half hour to fourty minutes to firm up. This aids in rolling out thinner lids. Once they are rolled out on the table the bottom lid is positioned under the eye, followed by the top.<center>
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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2007, 05:21:04 PM »

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« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2007, 05:25:00 PM »

Now a tool is used to "pinch" off material from the eyelid to thin it into the right proportions.<center>
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« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2007, 05:28:13 PM »

This shot shows how the lids sit on the acryllic eye.<center>
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« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2007, 05:34:55 PM »

A little sculpall to blend in the brow and its ready for paint!<center>
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« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2007, 05:39:44 PM »

Thats great thanks for taking the time and posting that !
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« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2007, 06:39:53 PM »

VERY Nice Mike!! THANKS for sharing
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« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2007, 07:06:23 PM »

very nice!! that methed would work for just about any waterfowl, such as a goldeneye currect?
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« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2007, 08:01:13 PM »

Simply Amazing.  This is an area I struggle with.  Thanks for the tips!!!
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« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2007, 08:40:24 PM »

Great essay Mike..

Now I have a question.. (and I'm pretty sure I know the answer; but) where and how are you attaching the neck. Are you doing anything special or is it as obvious as I think it is.. I'm thinking you just are drilliing a hole in the throat that you sculpted and continuing as normal? 

Does the head skin want to slide over the sculpted neck easily?  I am assuming that it does, since I've see your wood ducks.

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« Reply #14 on: December 01, 2007, 08:47:49 PM »

Very good tutoral...thanks
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