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WING"TIPS" # 14 hip attachment

Discussion in 'Tutorials' started by wingman, May 16, 2007.

  1. Well here's another tip requested by several people. It's a simple concept but it does take a little practice as ''things may seem backwards'' as you put the proper bends in the wires and attachment into the body, I prefer to use this method on most to all birds as it leaves little room for leg placement error and in the anatomy of the bird. Once you get used to wiring legs this way you can even remove the main bone leaving only the ''drumstick'' bone and all you will have to do is put the proper bends in the right spots, always use reference for your bone lengths so you know where the wire needs to be bent. The following set of pics shows the procedure and explains it visually, Remove all the flesh and marrow from the leg bones LEAVING the bones from the hip joint down. The pics show one leg with ALL the bones intact the other leg has only the drumstick bone remaining and shows the bends in the wire matching the side with the bones. I remove the leg by simply dislocating the hip joint that leaves all the bones and ball joints in place as a piece of reference. The last pic shows where I place cotton batting to fill the thigh area back up as I prefer to not wrap the muscle back in place on the thigh bone, just personal preference. Hopefully the pics will be self explanatory on their own. Good Luck and give it a try, I think you will be pleased at the results!
  2. The cleaned bones and the wrapped body showing the point of attachment.

  3. These pics show the tapeing the wire to the bone, the 90 degree bend at the ball joint and the bird on it's back, legs wired, ready to put the body in.
  4. Side and top ''views'' of the attachment into the wrapped body, Remember to remove the thigh area on foam bodies if you use this method The last pic shows the placement of cotton batting to ''fill in'' the thigh area. GOOD LUCK!
  5. SteveP

    SteveP New Member

    Thanks again Wingman! I've been nervous about using the femur for fear of not being able to replace the odd shaped thigh muscles. The cotton batting seems so simple now compared to trying to wrap them.
  6. daniel

    daniel New Member

    thanks for your time w.man ;) all the best DANIEL
  7. Peter Span

    Peter Span Corvids, gotta catch them all!

    Cool wingman, thats how I do it too. I also use some caulk around the hip, it makes the bird dry up nice and firm.
  8. ludvik

    ludvik beginner taxidermist :-)

    thanks again wingman!!!
    i have waiting for this tips ;D. i will try it on my next bird.

  9. jbogacki76

    jbogacki76 New Member

    How long does it take you to mount a pheasant?
  10. hambone

    hambone Member

    Nice job wingman how about the drumstick do you not add anything to that area?
  11. I do not ''wrap'' the drumstick muscle back into place so to say, I will put clay at the base and then some cotton batting,,it depends a lot on the birds size and pose and experience and knowing to ''fill out'' areas which need it, If you were doing a competition bird I would reccomend wrapping it all back but if there's no ''groping'' around like a judge would do you cannot see the difference, its personal preference and when I am trying to do several pleasing mounts a day wrapping the drumstick, etc adds a lot of extra time . It takes me on average three hours to completely mount a pheasant, sometimes faster if I don't have interuptions.
  12. hambone

    hambone Member

    Thanks wingman just one more question the method you just shared is that for a flying and walking pose or just for flying
  13. daniel

    daniel New Member

  14. Actually this bird in the pics is a flyer,notice the wires don't come out the bottom of the foot, I do wire my birds rather heavy especially birds which are going to be shipped. This method works for both poses BUT I really reccomend it on standind/walking poses.
  15. hambone

    hambone Member

    OK I can see how this method would be good for allowing you to place the legs in a walking position. Something I would like to get your opion on in the future in your wingtips would be how do you add stuffing to the necks of waterfowl where you use an artifical head which prevents you from adding extra through the mouth of the natural bill Thanks again.