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Wrapped Body Tutorial - Ringneck Pheasant

Discussion in 'Tutorials' started by mark11, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. mark11

    mark11 now accepting new wholesale clients

    here is several of the steps i go through mounting a standing pheasant (or any species), will do this in several post so it doesnt bog things down hope it helps

    here is what my pattern looks like:
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    forming the pieces:
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  2. mark11

    mark11 now accepting new wholesale clients

    wrapped body tutorial pt2

    keep adding pieces and checking against the pattern also at this point i am not adding to the thickness of the body i am building from back to belly and breast to tail

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    preparing to build the breast muscle and clavicle area, i transfer the pattern to my body to guide for symetry and size

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  3. mark11

    mark11 now accepting new wholesale clients

    wrapped body tutorial pt3

    building the clavicle and breast

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  4. mark11

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    wrapped body tutorial pt4

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    now the breast and clavicle are done i blend them to the body

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  5. mark11

    mark11 now accepting new wholesale clients

    wraped body tutorial pt5

    now to the thighs, i transfer the hip joint and measure the length of the thigh bone for my leg attachment point and mark this and th transfer the thigh muscle from my pattern to the body

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  6. mark11

    mark11 now accepting new wholesale clients

    wrapped body tutorial pt6

    now that the body is roughed out i move on to the neck, side note, depending on the pose i will adjust the depth of the clavcle area for the neck this is an upright walking pheasant so don't need to tuck the neck

    running the neck wire

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    prebending the neck, note the dip right out of the body and the "S" curve
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    wrapping the neck
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  7. mark11

    mark11 now accepting new wholesale clients

    wrapped body tutorial pt7 (mounting process)

    now i move to the head, when using the real skull i cut away most of the lower skull and jaw area

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    filling the eye sockets

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    i leave the membrane that is over the eye attached and use this as a guide for depth of the clay, this is all i rebuild at this point on the head, then i fill the brain cavity with hot glue and insert the neck wire into the skull

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  8. mark11

    mark11 now accepting new wholesale clients

    wrapped body tutorial pt8 (mounting process)

    now to the wings and legs, i leave the ball on the wing bone untill the last possible moment, it is much less likely to tear the skin that way, i cut this off right at the base of the joint, i don't wire the wings on standing birds unless they are going to be extended from the body in some way

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    i run the leg wires along the bone and down the back of the leg and out of the bottom of the foot in various places depeding on the pose and then i use electrical tape and tape the wire to the leg since this is a walking bird one wire comes out the bottom of the foot and i ran the other down to the middle joint of the toe, i see a lot of standing mounts that have th wires run down to the toe joints causing the mount to be raised up on its toes like a ballarena, look at reference birds stand on the ball of the foot not up on their toes

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  9. mark11

    mark11 now accepting new wholesale clients

    wrapped body tutorial pt9 (finishing up)

    now i have wired the legs through the predetermind points that i set when i transfered the leg/thigh points in wrapping the body, i place a little liquid nails around the attachment point to help make it completely solid once it is dry

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    now i place a small amount of filler along the side pockets to help form the final shape of the bird, this is the next step of taking the rough body and refining the anatomy (or rather the illusion of the anatomy)

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    i also use a little fill in the crop area of the neck/breast junction, when using fill anywhere be careful a little goes a long way, here is the breast before the fill

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  10. lee tees valley

    lee tees valley tweety luvva.

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    ;) pretty much how i do it 8) good to see wrapping is alive and well in the us of a. ;)
     
  11. mark11

    mark11 now accepting new wholesale clients

    Re: wrapped body tutorial pt9 (finishing up)

    i wrap almost everything from quail to standing and strutting turkeys, i won't wrap flying turkeys, flying large geese or swans just because i like to bondo my attachment wires to mke absolutely sure they are solid.
     
  12. lee tees valley

    lee tees valley tweety luvva.

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    Re: wrapped body tutorial pt9 (finishing up)

    yep i wrap anything bigger than a jay 8) small tweetie upto jay size i carve outta foam, it's easier to pass the lighter wires through foam ,than woodwool. 8) ;)