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Title: WING"TIPS" # 33 Double wing wire
Post by: wingman on March 17, 2009, 11:09:40 PM
Hello! Well I was not planning on this being a wingtip BUT it worked so well for me that I thought some of you might be able to use this technique, I was putting a pair of specklebellys together this past weekend and did not realize I was out of the gauge of wire which I normally would wire the wings with, I ended up improvising with some lighter gauge wire and it worked very well, It also made the manipulation of the wires while assembling and positioning relatively easy as compared to one heavy wire, Heres the technique plain and simple Wire your wing as you normally would but Instead of wiring with ONE heavy gauge wire install two lighter wires as seen in the following photos, once taped into position insert them into the appropriate anchor point on the mannequin, run them through the form and embed one wire each direction into the form to lock the wing into place From there simply finish the bird in the normal manner. I have not used this method a lot yet but the initial tryout it worked wonderfully. You also have the option to try different sizes of wire to get the desired soundness to the wing. The following pics explain it as it is really rather simple. GOOD LUCK!!
Title: Re: WING"TIPS" # 33 Double wing wire
Post by: wingman on March 17, 2009, 11:11:00 PM
Next three pics
Title: Re: WING"TIPS" # 33 Double wing wire
Post by: wingman on March 17, 2009, 11:12:22 PM
And the last pic showing all the wires bent into the mannequin and ready for the next step!
Title: Re: WING"TIPS" # 33 Double wing wire
Post by: James Parrish on March 17, 2009, 11:32:53 PM
I use a modified technique like that on very large geese and swans.  If I wire the whole wing with 12ga, it is not stable and I can't get a good wing shape if I use 8ga or heavier.  So, I wire the wing with 12 ga first, and then I come back and wire only the ulna and humerus with the heavy wire.  This makes for an extremely solid mount and allows me to get the wing shape I want without tearing the wing up while trying to bend heavy wires.
Title: Re: WING"TIPS" # 33 Double wing wire
Post by: Randy H on March 18, 2009, 03:07:48 PM
Great ideas, thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: WING"TIPS" # 33 Double wing wire
Post by: jbogacki76 on March 18, 2009, 06:17:35 PM
How do you do you fill the wings and legs? Do you wrap them with filling or do you chaulk the wings and legs?
Title: Re: WING"TIPS" # 33 Double wing wire
Post by: wingman on March 19, 2009, 12:52:47 AM
JB there are many options wrapping them with cotton or excelsior, clay, I wouldn't reccomend filling a wing with caulk to rebuild muscle, I usually go with the cotton batting as the ''filler'' caulck can be used as a paste but I would shy away from it being a filler.
Title: Re: WING"TIPS" # 33 Double wing wire
Post by: 2wbdft on March 19, 2009, 02:54:32 PM
Thanks and great timing wingman!

...i specifically signed in today to see if you had added anything new. 8)
Title: Re: WING"TIPS" # 33 Double wing wire
Post by: Schmitty on March 20, 2009, 05:37:04 AM
Good to see the Wing Tips back.  Thanks Eugene