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« on: September 10, 2017, 03:14:03 PM »

I'm very happy with my fish besides the areas that I rebuild around the head. I like to use as little paint as possible on the body but that doesn't work on the head for me since it is a different material and color. Does anyone have any secrets that they would care to share on blending the two together?
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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2017, 03:29:33 PM »

 oil paint in your apoxie,you can get close, texture is the culprit
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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2017, 03:54:06 PM »

oil paint in your apoxie,you can get close, texture is the culprit
Do you mean to add oil paint to the Apoxie as I'm mixing it?
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« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2017, 04:06:05 PM »

Mix colors to match your dried fish and then blot it with that paint on a piece of towel or cloth, yes match the texture as close as well.
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« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2017, 08:02:33 PM »

I would mix water based paint, but sometimes the chemicals in the paint will react with the paint and the color will be different when set.
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« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2017, 09:16:40 PM »

 yes mix the oil base in the apoxie a little at a time you can match very close
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« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2017, 10:46:21 PM »

I've mixed acrylic paint in before for other stuff but I've never thought about trying it on my fish. Thanks guys!
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« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2017, 07:14:30 PM »

I would just mix a little blending paint to match the color you desire
just like you would using a repo head on a skin mount
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« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2017, 08:32:06 PM »

I recommend water based paint over lacquer, the lacquer tend to dissolve the apoxie and makes it ver sticky.
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« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2017, 08:06:06 AM »

Mix colors to match your dried fish and then blot it with that paint on a piece of towel or cloth, yes match the texture as close as well.

This is the answer.  Do it right and you can't even see the epoxy when you're done
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« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2017, 11:01:14 AM »

This is one of the toughest parts of fish taxidermy for me, no matter what I do it still looks like a apoxie and not fish skin.
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« Reply #11 on: September 12, 2017, 03:20:35 PM »

Also helpful when trying to get the seamless feathering of the clay is to use a little safety solvent on your fingers or tool and will get a seamless transition from the clay to the head/body....water will work, but the solvent will not make the clay "milky"....
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« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2017, 09:11:15 PM »

for me I just make it look like the dried skin and then paint the fish. I see to much of this about epoxy that its shinny, can't get it to look like the rest and all it takes is just paint it to match the dried skin color and then bring it back to life  jmo
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« Reply #13 on: September 14, 2017, 10:52:35 AM »

So what colors usually  are used to make a dried fish skin color .
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« Reply #14 on: September 14, 2017, 11:00:53 AM »

Snagmaster, there are too many variables to list such as species, soak, glue, form but, the idea is to match the color of the dried fish skin. prior to painting the fish, then you start with everything looking similar. I use browns, blues, black and whites and yellows. A mixture of some of these colors almost always match the colors of the fish I mount.
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