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Turning a blind eye...

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by huntnut78, Jul 6, 2012.

  1. huntnut78

    huntnut78 Member

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    This was a project I recently completed. When the customer brought it in the buck had recently lost his right eye in a fight, it was flat and oozing. The customer asked if I could reproduce it somehow. Having never done one before I told him "Sure... No problem!" and he thought it would be cool if I would mount it in an aggressive pose with its tongue licking its nostrils like its heading into a fight. Again I said "Yeah, thats doable". Well this is the final result and I was wondering what you all thought. Keep in mind this is not a competition piece, this is a customer mount. I had to sew a patch in behind the right eye because there was a slip about the size of a 50 cent piece from infection. I did not cut the entire lower jaw off an lower it to be 100% anatomically correct. I just built the whole thing up with apoxie sculpt to add depth from the bottom of the jaw to lipline. Also not sure if a whitetail would be able to stick its tongue out the right side of its mouth and still have the lips closed on the left side. Probably not, but I was not willing to invest a ton of time on it like I would if it were for competition. I made the tongue and eye from scratch. Well I guess I started with a factory eye and painted and clear coated it for effect. I also made the aperature for the right eye smaller as if he was squinting a bit. I had a horse that had Moon Blindness and his affected eye was always a bit more squinty. I tried grooming the hair back to look more aggresive but he was transitioning into his winter coat and that looked terrible. The hair was all different lengths. Other than that I pretty much winged it. So fire away.

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  2. Steve

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    I like it, looks great.
     

  3. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    Very nice job.
     
  4. Awesome job! Can I ask how you painted the eye?


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  5. jimhow

    jimhow Member

    NICE!
     
  6. babowhunter

    babowhunter Man,I love this stuff!!

    I like it,very nice!Very different too!
     
  7. MN Archer

    MN Archer New Member

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    Looks real good to me!
     
  8. Ron1949

    Ron1949 Member

    Looks like he,s ready for a fight,beautiful job!
     
  9. michael p.

    michael p. Getting better with age :)

    Dang....you done GOOD!!
     
  10. ShastaDonegan

    ShastaDonegan Lets start with ridiculous and move backwards.

    Like it a lot...really interested in how exactly you achieved the clouded zombie eye look.
     
  11. antlerman

    antlerman NTA Life Member #0118

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    That is Kick Azz. I dig it.
     
  12. AaronWolf

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    very sweet! love the dead eye. realy makes him look battle worn!
     
  13. Dude!... Can you say happy customer! Very nice....I hope you got paid enough for all that work. I too would love to know how you did that eye...best blind eye I have seen. Down the road-
     
  14. Brian

    Brian Active Member

    you nailed it. looks great.
     
  15. Very very nice. Great job
     
  16. TIM DUNCAN

    TIM DUNCAN surry county va

    nice job man
     
  17. huntnut78

    huntnut78 Member

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    Thanks for all the compliments guys! For those who were asking about how I did the eye it was pretty easy. I just grabbed on eye out of my supply that didnt have a mate. I honestly think it was a 32 mm elk eye that I dropped the other years ago and shattered it. I tried a couple different paint blends till I found the one I liked most. I use wildlife colors and it was mostly basic white with a several drops of sky blue mixed in. I painted it with a velocity jet at about 35psi to get a good fine mist with no splatter. It was two coats of paint, then a flash coat of fish gloss followed by a heavy coat of fish gloss. Pretty easy.
     
  18. Doylestudio

    Doylestudio Active Member

    Too cool and nice work! I bet your customer will be quite pleased with that one.

    -Mike
     
  19. Thanks for the info, and again awesome job!


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