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Lip Tucking Tips?

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Crepuscular Creature, Sep 3, 2022.

  1. Hello once again, I'm back with yet another question.

    So, with my first mount, I tried to tuck the lips with a flathead screwdriver, but that didn't work at all and I just gave up on tucking the lips due to the mannequin threatening to break and I didn't want to deal with a big mistake like that. So, safe to say, the lips of my first mount are not tucked, though it isn't incredibly noticeable.

    Should I invest in a lip tucking tool, or is there an easier way to tuck lips or a trick to it? Any advice helps greatly.

    Thank you in advance,
    Raven
     
  2. drwalleye

    drwalleye Active Member

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    It's good to have the proper tools for the job.your lips will probably pull away as it dries if it's not tucked. Use a dull butter knife
     
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  3. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    If you can find a short piece of copper ground wire, pound one end of it flat and epoxy the other end into a 5/8" dowel rod and viola, you have a tucking tool!
     
  4. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    I use a 4 inch awe on all lips, you are making a slit or slot in your form to begin with aren’t you.
     
  5. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    I put a jigsaw fine tooth blade against a sanding belt to eliminate the set. Then I tapered the tip, and epoxied into a small file handle.. I used this for decades to cut the lip slot. For tucking, I bought a cheap Phillips head screwdriver. I held it with a pair of vise-grips and heated it cherry red. Using an anvils I flattened the last 3 inches and bent it in a gentle curve. I polished it with a fine sanding belt until the curve was only about ⅛ inch and then quenched it to harden the tip. The screwdriver handle gave me great leverage from foxes and otters to Cape Buffalo and bison.
     
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2022
  6. Wildthings

    Wildthings Well-Known Member

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    Been using a regular screwdriver with the sharp corners and edges soften
     
  7. msestak

    msestak Well-Known Member

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    you have to cut the lip slot on the manikin first, then tuck the lips.