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Painting My Crappie Fin..

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by Brad Hendrickson, Jan 23, 2020.

  1. Brad Hendrickson

    Brad Hendrickson Active Member

    So I painted a crappie fin.. This was my second attempt at this anal fin.
    ANY TIPS OR HINTS would be greatly appreciated..
    I felt it turned it pretty good... The one i was looking at had a lot of black in it..
    and a pale yellowish slight greenish for the lighter parts.

    These things are TOUGH to paint! 83150950_195036668283102_6808708265896050688_n.jpg
  2. They say true black is very rare in nature, maybe thin that out or use a dark grey or paynes gray mixed in,and make your markings a little bigger to show more detail,crappies are a tough fish to make look natural.
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  3. Brad Hendrickson

    Brad Hendrickson Active Member

    Thanks.. I'll give that a try... Not sure I like the AMBER colored bondo resin I have been screwing around with.. but Its all I got.. I just keep playing around.. I think the wife thinks I'm nuts.. lol
  4. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Lay down your base colors, yellows and orange even white where references show them.
    Then take latex, ( I’ll mix water base paint with it) and now paint your markings on the fin. I’ll go a bit bigger than what I see in reference. ( I’ll explain later)
    Now I’ll lightly paint my dark color over this.
    After the paint dries, rub off the latex, thin your paint down and go around the sharp edges the latex leaves behind.
    it’s a lot easier this way than trying to paint them in later
  5. Brad Hendrickson

    Brad Hendrickson Active Member

    Thanks Frank. I’ll keep plugging away.
    I’m assuming you make them bigger that way when u soften them they turn out about the right size?
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  6. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

    York, SC
    Or you can get masking fluid from art supply
    Put itwherethelight colors belong
    Paint the dark tones all over the fin
    Then rub off the masking fluid
    And magic you have a fin almost complete
  7. slabbandit

    slabbandit Member

    I definitely like using the masking fluid when doing the markings on crappie fins. I lay down my lighter colors first, then mask the spots, then do my darker colors. Rub the masking fluid off after that. I usually paint the back of my fins on my wall mounts with a little white to help the spots stand out even better against the black.
  8. Brad Hendrickson

    Brad Hendrickson Active Member

    You guys got any PICs of your FINS? so I can gauge my work or at least something to look at while i'm trying to figure these fins out.. I Know its SUPPOSED to look like a reference picture.. but.....
  9. Brad Hendrickson

    Brad Hendrickson Active Member

    Also.. what do YOU's prefer to use as the cast material? Clear Resin? Amber Resin? IE3025, 3080, Fin Magic? etc etc
  10. Biggin resized.jpg Doug and RaulR.jpg WholeResize.jpg
    The markings are always different, black/white/different lake, etc.
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  11. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

  12. BowDeadly

    BowDeadly "LIFE IS GREAT" It's better with a bow

    DON'T do fish either, I have a "FISH GUY" in another state do them for me..
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  13. Cole

    Cole Amateur Taxidermist

    paint_crappie.jpg I paint the fin dark first, then remove the "spots" with lacquer thinner in my airbrush. That is the method I demonstrated in this video.
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  14. Brad Hendrickson

    Brad Hendrickson Active Member

    I Think I'm gonna grab that video... I Loved the Molding Crappie one... Getting a hang on that along with about 50,000 Million BONDO BRAIN CELLS gone.. lmao
    I'm having a hard time with my crappie colors... ugggggg
  15. Cole, Where can I buy the video for painting crappie?? Thx Eddie
  16. Cory

    Cory Keep an eye on quality!

    Taxidermy U on Facebook or Matuska is now carrying them.
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  17. Cole do you use Water base or lacquer paint,I seen Tom Matuska do the spots on a northern using laquer,I tried it with my Water base it was hard to remove the paint.
  18. Cory

    Cory Keep an eye on quality!

    I'm not Cole but I can tell you hes using lacquer.
  19. Thanks Cory
  20. Cole

    Cole Amateur Taxidermist