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Title: WING"TIPS" # 32 Artificial Head ''PREP"
Post by: wingman on March 12, 2009, 11:45:18 PM
Hello, Long time since I have posted a Wingtip I occasionally get ideas for wingtip topics e-mailed to me and just recently had a friend prompt me to start posting them again so I brought the camera into the studio today. I actually have several more planned and a couple photographed Just need the time to post them up. Anyway here is a tip on preparing those artificial heads This method is rather basic but the results work great and for me streamline the whole gluing process.
 The first thing I do is take my dremel and carve a slight channel under the edge of the bill, not terribly deep just enough for the skin to tuck into, dremel the nostril out and then I dremel the skull cavity area to accept my neck, I wrap excelsior necks and hot gluing them in the back of the artificial head makes for a STRONG union.< If you attach your heads to the necking in this manner make sure your neck is the proper length as about 3/4 of an inch goes into the dremeled out head > Next I give the head a shot of crystal clear Krylon this is basically a primer for the paint, Paint the head, then I then  give the entire head a thin coat of matte modgepodge This step has several purposes, first it seals the paint down for the area I am going to superglue the skin down in,I used to scratch the paint away but everything I do is to try to achieve productivity and painting with modgepodge is fast Plus it gives the bill a nice fleshy appearance AND lastly I ship a lot of birds and doing this step makes the paint on them "bulletproof"  LOL. Now on to the next step, the head is hot glued in position, clay and eyes are put in place and finally the skin is glued back into place around the bill, This method has several alternatives I will mention also You can leave a bit of the actual bill skin on the skin and glue that into the slot,  And you can place epoxy sculpt in the channel and lay the skin on top of that which will give you more time to adjust the skin properly. Me I am always in a hurry so I just superglue the skin in place.I have been doing this method for quite some time now and it  has speeded up my ''artificial head time'' and has actually given me better looking results I do want to say that Ted Weyenberg sells heads with the trough already molded in They are SUPERB reproductions and I would highly reccomend them The following set of photos adds to the text GOOD LUCK!!
Title: Re: WING"TIPS" # 32 Artificial Head 'PREP"
Post by: wingman on March 12, 2009, 11:47:10 PM
Next pics
Title: Re: WING"TIPS" # 32 Artificial Head 'PREP"
Post by: wingman on March 12, 2009, 11:48:14 PM
And the final "LOOK"
Title: Re: WING"TIPS" # 32 Artificial Head ''PREP"
Post by: Rick RR GBirds on March 12, 2009, 11:53:59 PM
I agree on the Modge pod...Gives it a nice natural look!
Title: Re: WING"TIPS" # 32 Artificial Head ''PREP"
Post by: wingman on March 12, 2009, 11:57:41 PM
I felt compelled to put up another shot of my ''helper'' today  :)
Title: Re: WING"TIPS" # 32 Artificial Head ''PREP"
Post by: wigeon whacker on March 13, 2009, 12:01:47 AM
thanks a bunch, good post. i still search for these if i gotta question lol
Title: Re: WING"TIPS" # 32 Artificial Head ''PREP"
Post by: wingman on March 13, 2009, 12:14:40 AM
 wigeon whacker All the previous WINGTIPS are in the tutorial forum, Just click on the first tab ''tutorilas by topic''  will save a lot of searching
Title: Re: WING"TIPS" # 32 Artificial Head ''PREP"
Post by: stuffenstuff on March 13, 2009, 12:18:21 AM
Wingman, Now I know how you get so much work done, child slave labor!

shes a cutie! :)
Title: Re: WING"TIPS" # 32 Artificial Head ''PREP"
Post by: jeremy on March 13, 2009, 12:19:35 AM
Eugene as ALWAYS your helpfull wingtips are greatly appreciated my friend, thanks for taking the time.

 Great helper there to daddy-o
Title: Re: WING"TIPS" # 32 Artificial Head ''PREP"
Post by: RDA on March 13, 2009, 01:02:52 AM
excellent Eugene,,,  and  sweet lil helper    ssooo  does she prep  or do the finish?? :D
Title: Re: WING"TIPS" # 32 Artificial Head ''PREP"
Post by: mark c on March 13, 2009, 04:57:23 AM
if you dont mind where did you get your art. heads from? your castings?  i like them   thank you mark c
Title: Re: WING"TIPS" # 32 Artificial Head ''PREP"
Post by: alexm on March 13, 2009, 08:15:24 AM
 Morning Eugene
 I use to have a little helper just like that . now she 22 ,enjoy those days they grow up so fast
Alex. ;)
Title: Re: WING"TIPS" # 32 Artificial Head ''PREP"
Post by: Matt Smith on March 13, 2009, 09:17:38 AM
Good to see the Wing Tips Back....have always been a great help. Thanks Wingman!

p.s. (thank goodness little Avis looks like her momma :D)
Title: Re: WING"TIPS" # 32 Artificial Head ''PREP"
Post by: wingman on March 13, 2009, 04:42:43 PM
Mark, I use mostly heads I have made myself although I do like Ted Weyenbergs,Caruthers Finnazzo etc The one in the pic is a Positive Reproduction head, a business partner of mine and I made them years ago and now they are sold through Anthony Eddie As far as the child labor thing I think I actually lose money when they are in the shop ''helping'' me LOL  :D
Title: Re: WING"TIPS" # 32 Artificial Head ''PREP"
Post by: Jay Parke on March 13, 2009, 06:35:29 PM
Great tip wingman. You really think outside of the box. Everyone should appreciate you sharing your experience. Thanks
Title: Re: WING"TIPS" # 32 Artificial Head ''PREP"
Post by: drakeman on March 13, 2009, 07:35:26 PM
Thanks wingman, I appreciate you sharing your experience with others.
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Post by: WildThingsTax on March 13, 2009, 07:43:36 PM
Great tutorial.  Thanks for sharing your techniques!
Title: Re: WING"TIPS" # 32 Artificial Head ''PREP"
Post by: Cripplecreek on March 20, 2009, 10:55:16 AM
I tend to have problems at times with getting a clean look when I glue the skind around the bill.  I might get the edge of the skin showing or get something else that just doesn't look good.  I tried this last night for the 1st time & got great results.  Thanks for the tip.
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Post by: DropTine on March 20, 2009, 05:44:36 PM
Thanks Wingman, Luv them all. Mark
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Post by: Nukawin on January 01, 2016, 07:36:30 PM
Exactly what I was looking for since I'm about to try an artificial head for a pheasant! He was an RTA that sustained some beak damage. Thanks for sharing!!
Title: Re: WING"TIPS" # 32 Artificial Head ''PREP"
Post by: mulvany on January 02, 2016, 10:07:39 PM
bringing up old, old threads....but...do you not glue around the eyes?  You said you glue at the bill, but didn't mention the eyes?  Just asking b/c I've only done 3 birds and am very, very new to this. thanks
Title: Re: WING"TIPS" # 32 Artificial Head ''PREP"
Post by: 2wbdft on January 05, 2016, 01:09:14 PM
^^ if you have the proper fit, you should only need a pin or two in each corner of the eye...
Title: Re: WING"TIPS" # 32 Artificial Head ''PREP"
Post by: mulvany on January 05, 2016, 10:59:39 PM
thanks