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Scale tipping?

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by K.N Fish Taxidermy, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. K.N Fish Taxidermy

    K.N Fish Taxidermy Kenneth Newton Phone#804-867-7736

    I am having trouble getting the right look. I have tried using pearl ex powders, opal shimmers, and liquid scales. It comes out to opaque and bright/bold. How could I make it more subtle but then have it still bright if you know what I mean. I am painting a black crappie repro and have panted all the markings and tones in. Now I am trying to get the purple and blue look I am after. How do you guys do it? I am trying to thin them out but it still doesn't look right. Also this is a 10" crappie so the scales are real small.

    Thanks if you can help me out.

  2. BMW

    BMW New Member

    Hi KN
    I know you said you tried thinning out your material. That is what I would suggest...liquid scales thinned with water and retarder. I like to use them in 2 different way though. My first application is early in the paint process. The idea is to build a reflective base. I usually paint most of the majority of the scale (other than the scale pocket.) Then I paint body colors over the top of the initial application. Then I would come back with thinner applications in more of a true scale tipping manner. I know this is not very specific but I hope it gives you some food for thought.
    Hope this helps.

  3. K.N Fish Taxidermy

    K.N Fish Taxidermy Kenneth Newton Phone#804-867-7736

    Well thanks for the help Brett. I started to apply the powder dry and I am liking the look of it. Nice and soft but still there when you roll the fish. I am kind of far along in the painting process but this is looking good now.

    Thanks, Ken
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  4. naturalcreati40

    naturalcreati40 Active Member

    I agree with BMW, build you tipping, the whole process as far as thats concerned, up in stages
  5. Bill Dishman

    Bill Dishman Well-Known Member

    Heres a 32 inch Brown Trout that i just started coloring today. I tipped it with a silver metallic tipping pen. Took about an hour.

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  6. K.N Fish Taxidermy

    K.N Fish Taxidermy Kenneth Newton Phone#804-867-7736

    Hey Bill that Brown is looking good! I have figured it out and thanks for the tips guys. I tried them dry literally right after I posted the question and really like the results I am getting.

  7. Joey Arender

    Joey Arender big mouth alert

    Dry can be hard to control sometimes but when done well its hard to beat
  8. Brian W

    Brian W Well-Known Member

    I get my best results also with a dry application of powders. Hit the scales, blow off the excess and mist it to seal it. I will hit those same scales with a different color, and sometimes half as much, to create a layering multi shimmer effect. The key to me is to LIGHTLY mist from a distance to lock them in. Otherwise you lose intensity.