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Molding and Casting Artificial Bird Heads

Discussion in 'Tutorials' started by jeremy, Sep 12, 2007.

  1. bw

    bw New Member

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    Re: For those that want to try to cast heads but havent yet.

    daniel, yes...bondo heads are pretty heavy...but they will work if you use a heavy enough wire. the casting plastics are much lighter.
     
  2. jeremy

    jeremy Have you hugged your snake today!

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    Tereza if you have a Wallmart nearbye { who doesnt? } they sell a brand called Mainstays that I think is there own brand. It is 2.69 a tube and works just as good as the GE silicone for 3.79 a tube. It says silicone on it but as Jknuth said dont get siliconized acrylic latex caulk that would be bad.

    Daniel I use pretty much fill my necks with latex caulking so when it dries {2 weeks later ;D} its a solid union and the weight isnt a
    issue, im also using 14 g on necks unless I have some pose that needs some major manipulation like a sleeping/preening pose. The 14 is stout enough for the heads
     

  3. kirkp

    kirkp Member

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    For some reason I can't see any of the photos. Anyone know why? I'm logged in, the photos are just missing. No red x or anything.

    Kirk
     
  4. lee tees valley

    lee tees valley tweety luvva.

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    all i'm seeing is a red x..
     
  5. Tom Cruickshank

    Tom Cruickshank The History Channel says I'm "creepy"!!

    Re: For those that want to try to cast heads but havent yet.

    Same here. Maybe he had them in Photobucket and moved or renamed them? I would like to see the pics too....
     
  6. Re: For those that want to try to cast heads but havent yet.

    also a red x
     
  7. taxos

    taxos Finches, Buntings

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    nothing but red X
     
  8. Todd B

    Todd B Active Member

    Re: For those that want to try to cast heads but havent yet.

    For some reason the photos are not working on my computer. I would love to see them.

    Todd B
     
  9. Re: For those that want to try to cast heads but havent yet.

    Not working here either...I'd like to see them as well.
     
  10. Re: For those that want to try to cast heads but havent yet.

    What the heck is a peanut head?
     
  11. RDA

    RDA Active Member

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    Why-its the other end of a peanut ;D ;DHows it hangin Mike?
     
  12. Re: For those that want to try to cast heads but havent yet.

    Simply put Ron, I think your right ,he-he.
     
  13. jeremy

    jeremy Have you hugged your snake today!

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    Hey Ive been on Vacation since the middle of Nov and I just got back and saw this post. I screwed up and deleted the pics from photobucket without knowing that they would delete them from here also. I will cast some more heads and take pics of the process and install them back to this post in the next couple of days, Ill let everyone know when I get it done. My bad, sorry all.
     
  14. Turkeyman04

    Turkeyman04 New Member

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    Re: For those that want to try to cast heads but havent yet.

    Can you use this method on turkey heads?
     
  15. Avian Art

    Avian Art Just a Bird Brain

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    Re: For those that want to try to cast heads but havent yet.

    I would love to know this answer too. Also, I was wondering if this method would work with pheasant heads? Those little bits-o'-foam are high priced!

    If I may add yet one more question to the list:
    Jeremy stated:
    Could you tell me what exact product of "bondo" and what exact product of "fiberglass resin" I should look to buy? There was a few bondo products where I shopped. I didn't get anything for fear of buying the wrong product. I thought I would look it up here, but have not been able to find the info.
    Thanks,
    - Dave
     
  16. Re: For those that want to try to cast heads but havent yet.

    That is a very helpful and informative post. I am about to use and artifical hear for the first time. I think i will try that some time though looks fun.
     
  17. Todd B

    Todd B Active Member

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    Dave,
    It is just the regular Bondo Auto body filler and regular fiberglass resin. Both can be bought at an Auto body parts store. Just tell the clerk you need bondo body filler and fiberglass resin and he should know exactly what you need.

    Todd B
     
  18. Avian Art

    Avian Art Just a Bird Brain

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    Thank you, Todd!
    -Dave
     
  19. taxos

    taxos Finches, Buntings

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    Avaian Art: there seems to be some good and less good bondo. The not so good bondo gives a less detailed structure, but because a bill is usually not so bumpy (besides the lamellae of a duck´s bill) a regular bondo should do!
     
  20. j_scott

    j_scott New Member

    Re: For those that want to try to cast heads but havent yet.

    just wanted to say thanks for the info, i will try casting some this week just to see how they come out, i agree with those you buy are just to expensive and havent had the courage to attempt to do them myself yet but will try now.
    thank you for sharing that info it is much appreciated.