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!!