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« on: March 22, 2008, 08:00:09 PM »

As promised, here's the rest of the process.
Another disclaimer..
These are instructions meant for beginners,
The deer completed in this series is a commercial mount, not a competition deer.
Everyone has their own way of doing things, mine may not be the best, but it is what works for me and as such, this is just a guideline for anyone else.

I've removed the nails and pins from the mount before I started the finishing stage.

The first step that I'm doing it wirebrushing the nose, to remove any dead skin.

The second photo is the nose completely wire brushed.
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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2008, 08:03:39 PM »

Next I used pink Apoxie sculpt inside the nose.
I sculpt it with my modeling tool, then I'll smooth it out with a wet Q-tip.
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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2008, 08:08:52 PM »

if you remember from the last tutorial, there was a tear behind the deers eye.
I'll take Apoxie CLAY and fix this.
I like the Apoxie Clay for this, since it doesn't have the shine to it that the Apoxiesculpt does.
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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2008, 08:11:51 PM »

There was also a small tear near the nose area.
I'll fix it with the Apoxie Clay and texture it to match the hair with my trusty old toothbrush.
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« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2008, 08:17:38 PM »

After I have the nose done, I'll move onto the lacrymal gland and eyes.
In the first photo, you can see the t-pin that I used in the crease. It's worked it's way out a little, so I'll just take the tip of a screwdriver and push it down into the foam.
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« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2008, 08:23:06 PM »

Now that the Tpin isn't a problem anymore, I'll apply the Apoxie sculpt in the crease.
I probably wouldn't of had to do this at all, but a friend has been in the hospital this week, and I wasn't able to babysit the mount like I normally do.
The first photo is apply the Apoxie sculpt.
The second photo is smoothing it out with a wet paintbrush.
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« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2008, 08:23:47 PM »

Here's the lacrymal gland smoothed out.
It's pink now, but I'll hit it with a little white later.
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« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2008, 08:34:45 PM »

Since I've already fixed the back corner of the eye with the Apoxie Clay, I'll use the Apoxie sculpt to go around the edges and front corner of the eye.
The color that I use is mostly brown, with just a TOUCH of black mixed in.
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« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2008, 08:40:12 PM »

The first picture is the eye before any Apoxie work is done, including the back corner.
Next I'll start applying the Apoxiy sculpt along the lower lid, and the front corner.
Most of the time I won't need any under the upper lid, I'll just hit it later with a little paint color.
The last picture is after it's smoothed out. It looks a little rough, but there is a couple different colors in front of the eye so it's sort of deceiving.
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« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2008, 08:43:26 PM »

Now I want to create a little "valley" in the bottom of the lid, so I'll use my thumbnail and just push down in the Apoxie sculpt a bit to create it....I'll show you why later.
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« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2008, 08:45:58 PM »

OK, now we're ready to paint....of course after the Apoxie is dry.
I use a Paasche VL airbrush and a cheapy air tank I got from Lowes...
I'll run the air pressure right around 16-18 Lbs.
First I'm going to use a basecoat sealer on everything that is going to be painted...eyes, ears and the nose.
The second photo is the nose completely base coated..
It's clear, there isn't a color to it, but it just helps the paint look better IMO.
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« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2008, 08:51:40 PM »

First I want to paint the nose.
I'll start off by painting the bottom half of it with a mixture of flesh and mars red mixed together.
If I had to call it a color it would be light salmon.
Right now I'll go ahead and spray the bottom lip pink too. Also notice the repair under the lip. Later I'll mist a little white over it to hide it.
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« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2008, 08:58:49 PM »

Now I'll turn the deer right side up and start at the top of the nose with dark brown paint.
I'll continue down the nose with this same color until I get to about 2/3 of the way down.
Then I'll switch the angle of my airbrush so I come in from the sides and leave some of the pink color at the bottom.
Flip the deer back over (upside down) and mist the lower lip...make sure your airtank pressure is pretty low to avoid ruining your newly painted nose. (8-10 lbs)
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« Reply #13 on: March 22, 2008, 09:06:59 PM »

In the first photo is the nose and lower lip completed.
In the second photo, I like to take my old trusty toothbrush and get rid of any overspray there may be
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« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2008, 09:11:53 PM »

Next I'll do the ears.
This particular deer had really fuzzy ears, so I'm not going to worry too much about blending my paint.
If the ears didn't have that much hair, I'd blend from a darker flesh deep in the ear canal out to a lighter flesh, then just tone it down a little with a VERY light misting of either white or brown.
Since this ones so hairy and you can't really see down into the ear, I'll just use straight flesh color.
 I'm TRYING to hold all that hair out of the way!!
The second photo is the ear done, so you can see how much hair it has.
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