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WING"TIPS" # 32 Artificial Head ''PREP"

Discussion in 'Tutorials' started by wingman, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. wingman

    wingman Active Member

    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!!
  2. wingman

    wingman Active Member

    Re: WING"TIPS" # 32 Artificial Head 'PREP"

    Next pics

  3. wingman

    wingman Active Member

    Re: WING"TIPS" # 32 Artificial Head 'PREP"

    And the final "LOOK"
  4. Rick RR GBirds

    Rick RR GBirds Let's go kill some birds...I'm psyched!

    I agree on the Modge pod...Gives it a nice natural look!
  5. wingman

    wingman Active Member

    I felt compelled to put up another shot of my ''helper'' today :)
  6. thanks a bunch, good post. i still search for these if i gotta question lol
  7. wingman

    wingman Active Member

    wigeon whacker All the previous WINGTIPS are in the tutorial forum, Just click on the first tab ''tutorilas by topic'' will save a lot of searching
  8. stuffenstuff

    stuffenstuff Member

    Wingman, Now I know how you get so much work done, child slave labor!

    shes a cutie! :)
  9. jeremy

    jeremy Have you hugged your snake today!

    Eugene as ALWAYS your helpfull wingtips are greatly appreciated my friend, thanks for taking the time.

    Great helper there to daddy-o
  10. RDA

    RDA Active Member

    excellent Eugene,,, and sweet lil helper ssooo does she prep or do the finish?? :D
  11. if you dont mind where did you get your art. heads from? your castings? i like them thank you mark c
  12. alexm

    alexm New Member

    Morning Eugene
    I use to have a little helper just like that . now she 22 ,enjoy those days they grow up so fast
    Alex. ;)
  13. wings II

    wings II New Member

    Good to see the Wing Tips Back....have always been a great help. Thanks Wingman!

    p.s. (thank goodness little Avis looks like her momma :D)
  14. wingman

    wingman Active Member

    Mark, I use mostly heads I have made myself although I do like Ted Weyenbergs,Caruthers Finnazzo etc The one in the pic is a Positive Reproduction head, a business partner of mine and I made them years ago and now they are sold through Anthony Eddie As far as the child labor thing I think I actually lose money when they are in the shop ''helping'' me LOL :D
  15. idbatman

    idbatman Active Member

    Great tip wingman. You really think outside of the box. Everyone should appreciate you sharing your experience. Thanks
  16. drakeman

    drakeman Active Member

    Thanks wingman, I appreciate you sharing your experience with others.
  17. WildThingsTax

    WildThingsTax New Member

    Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing your techniques!
  18. I tend to have problems at times with getting a clean look when I glue the skind around the bill. I might get the edge of the skin showing or get something else that just doesn't look good. I tried this last night for the 1st time & got great results. Thanks for the tip.
  19. DropTine

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    Thanks Wingman, Luv them all. Mark
  20. Exactly what I was looking for since I'm about to try an artificial head for a pheasant! He was an RTA that sustained some beak damage. Thanks for sharing!!