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Finishing Whitetail Ears...masking Hair And Airbrush Color?

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by TWYHunt1, Apr 26, 2020.

  1. TWYHunt1

    TWYHunt1 New Member

    After having finished my first deer mount...I’m wanting some advice before finishing ears on my second. On first deer mount on my first attempt, some of the method from my Sallie Dahmes guide which I was going by perhaps was lost to me...and perhaps being new to airbrushing.... On my first attempt...my deers ears looked too orange to me...I took lacquer thinner to them tried again and was more happy on second attempt with the color being more natural. But I want to do better.

    So on airbrush colors my guide says to start with Whitetail Ear Dark spraying the extreme base and interior, then blend into that color Whitetail Ear Medium and fade out half way up the ear, then use Whitetail Ear Light to blend from there and lightly finish the ear...then finally use Whitetail Ear Toner to blend all the colors together and add a natural hue. When I did the final Whitetail Ear Toner...that’s when my first attempt took on the TOO ORANGE look. I went without it on second attempt.

    Deer I have from other taxidermist include ears that look more skin tone to simply white...so I’m interested in how most taxidermist color the ears.

    Also...if someone has good trick for masking the hairs of inner ear, I would appreciate. I tried to use masking tape and it didn’t work as well as I had hoped.

    Thanks in advance for experience and advice. Best regards
  2. drob

    drob Well-Known Member

    My method -ultra white,flesh,choc.brown.lay down lite layers ( to your liking) then brush to clean hair.Only My method,there are many others!

  3. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Bright flesh followed by light flesh followed by white done in thin washes. I use my gloved fingers to move the hair out of the way.

    From my experience, a deer's ear looks whitish light flesh or light pink in the dark timber. Put the sun behind them and it is nearly red.
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  4. Mike Powell

    Mike Powell Well-Known Member

    I prefer going from light to dark when layering colors. I start with white, then a ear pink, followed by a misting of brown or burnt umber. I too use a Glover finger to move hair out of the spray as much as possible, then to clean overspray that does get on the hair I use a brush, then my ungloved fingers to rub the paint right off the hair without scratching the paint on the ear.
  5. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    Wash with thinner on rag. Dry. Spray off white, which white with a little rich brown. If its early season deer, then light mist of flesh mixed with a little red. Then brush with horse hair brush.
  6. jk

    jk Active Member

    Future tip, remove ear cartilage. When replacing tint your adhesive dusty pink. Much of this color will bleed through the hide, very little painting needed.
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  7. TWYHunt1

    TWYHunt1 New Member

    Thanks everyone. I appreciate the many coloring techniques offered. Also, using gloved fingers definitely seems like better way with the hair. When I tried to use tape, the tape was mostly in the way. Best regards
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  8. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

    kind of off topic but has anyone tried these for turning ears? from body shop used for removing door panels

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  9. I would worry that tool would break through the back of the ear and it is not very long. I always use the scalpel to start the ear then get the skin loose by pilling down on the ear canal with my left hand and pushing a finger up towards the tip of the ear with the right. Once you have that I use the ear turning tool to carefully work to the edges and tip of the ear. I use a small wooden dowel sanded to a dull point to push the last little bit out of the tip of the ear.
  10. livbucks

    livbucks Well-Known Member

    I put Kilz house primer in my airbrush and it worked for the white.
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2023
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  11. Scenic Rivers

    Scenic Rivers Active Member

    Agree with jk I tint pro one hide paste for my ear liners and most of the time not all the time but they don’t have to be touched at all.