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Free Foam Air For Sculpting Eye Rings

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by mike I, May 22, 2021.

  1. mike I

    mike I New Member

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    Try as I might, I cannot get apoxie sculpt to adhere to the eye or even the eye ring of any bird. I have tried new apoxie sculpt, heating in micro wave, mixing and letting it sit for a few minutes, using a damp brush to apply. I watched Cory Cruther's video and still can't get it done. Has anyone used Smooth On free foam air for eye rings? I was told that it adheres well to the eye. Giving up on apoxie sculpt. thanks
     
  2. Jim McNamara

    Jim McNamara Well-Known Member

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  3. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I use Apoxie Safety Solvent to get Apoxie Sculpt really tacky. I don't do Apoxie Sculpt eye rings, but, you might want to give it a try. You can get it at the supply companies.
     
  4. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

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    I use a mix of red acrylic paint and plain carpenters glue... paint on lid and entire eye , let set up a bit then scrape outward and model lids( easier to do than describe)
     
  5. BrookeSFD16

    BrookeSFD16 Well-Known Member

    Are you doing your eyerings before hand, or after the bird is mounted?
     
  6. mike I

    mike I New Member

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    Thanks all,
    Brooke, on wood ducks I have tried both ways . This time I am trying to put rings (lids) on a male pheasant after mounting and I can't get it to stick no how. Did you ever use the free form air for rings or lids?
     
  7. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    A pictorial of that would be great. I've gotta try it!
     
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  8. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

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    after... allways use real skull/bill beaks
     
  9. BrookeSFD16

    BrookeSFD16 Well-Known Member

    I've never tried doing eyerings after. I do them on all my retail birds. I use regular black Epoxy Sculpt and roll out a big worm of it, wrap the eye and use a euro pin to sculpt the ring, then scrape off the excess. Then I brush Modge Podge on the backside.

    I use free form air a lot..but I've never tried it for eyerings.
     
  10. mike I

    mike I New Member

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    thanks everyone for helping. I have plenty of suggestions to work on.
     
  11. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

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    you know there is plenty of products at your local hardware store with excellent tack, including :rock hard,plastic wood, two part epoxy ribbons.You dont need speacial “ taxidermy” products... just find domestic stuff that works
     
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  12. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

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    and save shipping too....lol