hi guys, I recently did a pheasent, but the beak is unusually dark. Ive never painted the beaks before, and wonder what may have caused this/ how to fix it. it may have originally been dark, but it just dosnt look right, will it lighten with age? any ideas?
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Most all upland game beaks will darken during the drying process. the only way to make them come to life again is paint them. You will also notice the nostrals shrink. you can rebuild them with epoxy sculpt of somthing similar.
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Here is how I finish my pheasanat beaks. Clean the beak with lacquer thinner. Put on a base coat of white. Then just a hint of yellow ochre. Then just a hint of chocolate brown to give you a straw color. Then hit it with a quick hit of matte clear lacquer.
Presto! A beautiful beak!
I recently submitted a paint schedule for a pheasant.
If you don't want to order the paint, you can get a good paint at a craft store. I just took and enlarged facial reference photo to the craft store, picked out an acrylic paint that matched, and it turned out really good, and it only costed me about 3 dollars.