First Mallard Hens

Share tips and ask questions on all types of duck decoys. Including working, classics, collectable, and carving decoys.

Moderators: HENDU3270, Remman, DUKHTR, fowlhunter

First Mallard Hens

Postby willkess » Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:45 pm

Hi All,

I finished my first set of mallard hens. They are Hollow Body Sugar Pine painted with oils. I'm still trying to get the finish a little bit flatter.

DSCF1569 (2).JPG



DSCF1567 (2).JPG


I thought that painting the hens wouldn't be as much fun as the drakes, but I really like doing all of that feather work on the hens. Now I just need to rig them for duck season.
willkess
hunter
 
Posts: 16
Joined: Thu Nov 10, 2011 6:17 pm
Location: Albuquerque, NM


Re: First Mallard Hens

Postby mudpack » Fri Aug 23, 2013 6:13 am

Couple of things:

You want flat, spray them with Testor's Dull Cote. It doesn't get any flatter than this. I've been using it for thirty years and it works.

Next, the hens look good but the first thing to catch my eye is that the side feathers are painted opposite of real mallard hens.
You painted them buff with black edging. They should actually be "black" with buff edging. Look at a real mallard hen or pictures of a live mallard hen, you'll see what I mean. Otherwise, they look pretty sweet.

Then, you need to define the side pockets more. Use the feather shapes to differentiate the side pocket from the under rump feathers. You'll get there. You're just making the typical novice mistakes. We all made them when we first started carving. It just takes someone to point them out.
mudpack
hunter
 
Posts: 5398
Joined: Mon Feb 23, 2009 10:40 am
Location: Central Kansas

Re: First Mallard Hens

Postby willkess » Fri Aug 23, 2013 3:28 pm

mudpack wrote:Couple of things:

You want flat, spray them with Testor's Dull Cote. It doesn't get any flatter than this. I've been using it for thirty years and it works.

Next, the hens look good but the first thing to catch my eye is that the side feathers are painted opposite of real mallard hens.
You painted them buff with black edging. They should actually be "black" with buff edging. Look at a real mallard hen or pictures of a live mallard hen, you'll see what I mean. Otherwise, they look pretty sweet.

Then, you need to define the side pockets more. Use the feather shapes to differentiate the side pocket from the under rump feathers. You'll get there. You're just making the typical novice mistakes. We all made them when we first started carving. It just takes someone to point them out.


I see what you mean with the side pocket feathers. Something to play around with before the next batch.
willkess
hunter
 
Posts: 16
Joined: Thu Nov 10, 2011 6:17 pm
Location: Albuquerque, NM

Re: First Mallard Hens

Postby hankyorke » Fri Aug 23, 2013 6:45 pm

I wouldn't spray them. Oils will flatten with use and develop a nice patina.
hankyorke
hunter
 
Posts: 317
Joined: Sun Jan 07, 2007 2:47 pm
Location: Indiana

Re: First Mallard Hens

Postby willkess » Sat Aug 24, 2013 2:28 pm

hankyorke wrote:I wouldn't spray them. Oils will flatten with use and develop a nice patina.


Do you have any recommendations on a clear coat oil finish?
willkess
hunter
 
Posts: 16
Joined: Thu Nov 10, 2011 6:17 pm
Location: Albuquerque, NM


Return to Duck Decoy Forum

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests