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Crack in eye - trouble

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by RICKP, Mar 7, 2015.

  1. RICKP

    RICKP Let'er Buck

    Anyone every notice a crack show up in the eye?
    I have one that cracked and not sure how or how to fix it?
    It's dry and ready for the wall. Not really noticeable without a flashlight but,,,, I notice.
  2. 8Point

    8Point Member

    What a coincidence. I am experiencing the SAME thing!!!!! Mine is ready for paint and I notice a crack! I think I'll have to leave it and just inform the customer. I just don't know what caused it!!?????? Mine is one of the Meder eyes if anyone is wondering.

  3. JerseyJays

    JerseyJays Well-Known Member

    Crack or scratch?
    I've taken light scratches out with 0000 steel wool.
    as for a Crack you would need to rehydrate and replace the eye.
  4. Duckslayr

    Duckslayr Active Member

    If you tell the customer, but do nothing about it, they will be pissed and bad mouth you. If you don't tell them, and they notice it, they will be pissed and think your trying to get over on them. Try hitting it with gloss, if that doesn't hide it, rehydrate and replace.
  5. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    There was an article devoted to this subject in Breakthrough's back to basics writing by Rick Carter. It's an old one. I can't for the life of me remember what he did in the article.
  6. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I just typed in "scratched glass eye repair" in the archives and got only one post, but it was full of good info. Ricks article in Breakthrough they said was issue 91.
  7. 8Point

    8Point Member

    10-4 thanks everyone
  8. For a scratch a little Future Floor wax will do the trick. If it is cracked I would rehydrate and replace it.
  9. 8Point

    8Point Member

    How in the heck am I going to replace this thing......how does one rehydrate, remove out of the eye hole. Then reinsert and rebuild/ reshape to make it look good? You folks make it sound simple LOL!
  10. Duckslayr

    Duckslayr Active Member

    Exactly! It's not as bad as it seems. I used to think the golden rule of good eye work was doing perfect clay work before the hide goes on. Then I watched Jan VanHoesen's video, as she stuffed clay through the eye holes and shaped from the outside. And nailed it! Just feed some clay in, and move it until you get close, then tuck the skin and shape as usual.
  11. 8Point

    8Point Member

    What is the best way to rehydrate? Put wet cloth on its side and let set for a couple of days?
  12. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I soaked some 100% cotton batting in water, wrung it out good so it was moist, not running water, placed it over the eye area and stretch wrapped it into place. I left it in place for about 8 hrs then tested the area. I repeated every 8 hrs until it was ready for the work.
  13. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    I have replace broken eyes many times on mounts that came in for refurbishing. I hydrate by spraying a little water around the eye and then placing a damp rag over it. Repeat the spraying as necessary until it is soft. I have also repaired a cracked eye before and it looked a lot better when finished, but it was not totally invisible. Fixing a cracked eye though was a lot cheaper for the customer though than replacing them.
  14. Richard C

    Richard C Well-Known Member

    In the "old" days we all put in the eyes last through the eye holes. The poor anatomy of the paper mannikins required that it be done that way. There was a lot of clay work on the paper mannikins if you wanted it to look like a deer. Rehydrate like Trophy Specialist said.
  15. Bill Yox

    Bill Yox Well-Known Member

    Just for the heck of it, may I ask any of you who have had one crack, what you set the eye in, to set it into the form? Be honest please...
  16. Only one I ever had crack was in Potters clay ........
  17. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Never had one crack. It kind of baffles me that a glass eye would crack AFTER it was set. I have dropped them on concrete and never even got a scratch.
  18. boarhunter67

    boarhunter67 Well-Known Member

    I use critter clay all the time and have never had one crack. I know potter's clay shrinks more so maybe that's why? I've also used hot glue to set eyes if the mannikin is posit-set and looks good enough. I've never had one crack unless I drop the eye before setting it.
  19. RICKP

    RICKP Let'er Buck

    Sorry, just getting back to this.
    I would rather not say the eye name because, I have never had a problem in the past and don't wish to run down their rep over a problem that I'm not sure of the cause. (theirs or mine)
    Bill, I am doing my eye's the same way you taught me in the past and using critter clay.
    The question came up about a scratch, it's not a scratch, it's a crack. I can see it with a flashlight held in certain positions.
  20. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    I remember a discussion in a seminar about Apoxie Sculpt causing an eye to crack, especially if it is used in the eye socket and to create the eyelids.