Doing finish work on fish... any suggestions on an fast and effecient ways to grind out the eye sockets? Any tips would help.
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a buring bit in a die grinder.
wood bit that is close to the eye size. once I have a nice round hole bored, then I go to the buring bit (on my dremel) to undercut the socket so the eye fits in nicely. I use flex eyes, might have to do it a bit different for other types.
...Are you doing it on a skin mount or replica? I do the above on replicas. But, on skin mounts a less messy way to get the dried mache' out of the eye sockets is to use a small knife to cut it out (I use a Shrade Old Timer from Walmart. It has a nice point, it's short and firm). I don't like dust...
dremel with a small round pointed bit.
...I try to dremmel it out so that I can still use most if not all of the eyelid so I don't have to sculpt in much.
Word of warning with the dremmels. Wear eye protection (obviously) as the bits can shatter. Also, hang onto the dremmmel tightly so it doesn't jump. You'll find out really quickly IF the replica's head/cheek got a little thin if this happens...