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New batch of flocked head mallards

Postby CAPT MIKE » Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:35 pm

I'm making a special batch of mallards for timber hunting. I reproduced one of my carved heads. They will be removable heads on low profile foam bodies for walk in hunting. Heads will be flocked, body will be Restle coated. First head was painted with a brush. Plan to try my airbrush on the next one. Should be cleaner looking.

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Re: New batch of flocked head mallards

Postby Rick Hall » Tue Mar 14, 2017 5:04 pm

Not a big flocking fan, but that's some very nice work.
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Re: New batch of flocked head mallards

Postby AWall3322 » Tue Mar 14, 2017 5:07 pm

That looks really good. What did you flock them with?


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Re: New batch of flocked head mallards

Postby CAPT MIKE » Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:11 pm

Green rustoleum and black flocking.

I ordered some epoxy for the eyes. That needs improvement also.

The paint looks ok from a few feet but I definitely think the airbrush will help.

This is my first hand at flocking. Definitely makes the head look more realistic. Really don't need much green on the head. The black makes it pop. Definitely wont shine at all.
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Re: New batch of flocked head mallards

Postby mudpack » Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:02 pm

Rick Hall wrote:Not a big flocking fan, but that's some very nice work.

My thought exactly.
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Re: New batch of flocked head mallards

Postby IR1SH » Wed Apr 05, 2017 6:51 am

That is outstanding! I am thinking of flocking some mallard deeks for this fall... would you mind giving a step by step to the process? I understand applying the rustoleum and then black flocking... how did you make the green "pop"?
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Re: New batch of flocked head mallards

Postby CAPT MIKE » Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:05 pm

First finished paint and flocked out of this batch.Image
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Re: New batch of flocked head mallards

Postby CAPT MIKE » Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:16 pm

IR1SH wrote:That is outstanding! I am thinking of flocking some mallard deeks for this fall... would you mind giving a step by step to the process? I understand applying the rustoleum and then black flocking... how did you make the green "pop"?


I'll try to do the process on one of the next ones with pics of course. Like I said, this is my first time, so I'll do what I know.
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Re: New batch of flocked head mallards

Postby IR1SH » Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:54 am

That would be awesome, Mike! Thank you in advance! Can't wait to see the process
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Re: New batch of flocked head mallards

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Sat Apr 22, 2017 5:32 pm

Was that green Rustoleum paint, Satin or Gloss?
Those heads look really good, and I have half a tub full of black flock.

I'd heard of guys going black paint and then green flock, but I'm very impressed with this!

I have a trailer full of decoys I flocked myself four seasons ago, looks like I may have to drag them out this summer and redo all the drakes heads.
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Re: New batch of flocked head mallards

Postby CAPT MIKE » Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:12 pm

It's called hunter green. Gloss won't hurt.
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Re: New batch of flocked head mallards

Postby Soggy Socks » Thu Apr 27, 2017 3:20 am

I have to redo my Dakotas, the green heads are the color of Easter Basket Grass. So you use green rustoleum then black flocking on top?
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Re: New batch of flocked head mallards

Postby CAPT MIKE » Mon May 01, 2017 6:09 am

I took some photos to show a step by step of the process. Should be self explanatory. Do this twice before painting the final detail.
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Re: New batch of flocked head mallards

Postby CAPT MIKE » Mon May 01, 2017 12:16 pm

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For the greenheads.
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Re: New batch of flocked head mallards

Postby CAPT MIKE » Mon May 01, 2017 2:05 pm

Complete flocked hen head.
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Re: New batch of flocked head mallards

Postby Rick Hall » Mon May 01, 2017 2:07 pm

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Re: New batch of flocked head mallards

Postby IR1SH » Fri May 12, 2017 3:05 pm

Nice! Are you airbrushing these or using a dry brush to paint?

So, you flock the drakes with green rustoleum, then flocking with with black, and then painting green over the flocking?
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Re: New batch of flocked head mallards

Postby CAPT MIKE » Fri May 12, 2017 11:52 pm

No airbrush. I didn't like the results. Regular paint brush technique. Mostly dry brush stippling. build up the shades gradually. Nothing special. lot of cad yellow mixed with the green to give the reflective effect of a green head with highlight. Look at a greenhead in the sun, It has a lot of lime/yellow/green/blue/ purple and then fades to black. If I could only have one color for the head, it would be black. That's mostly what color shows from a distance. Everything else is just spots of highlighted color depending on the angle of the light .

Yes, you are correct. Drakes were done just like you said. I will take some pics of the next drake head I do. Just been too busy lately. Basically the process is exactly like the hen head in the photos I put up. Two coats of paint and flock, just like battered shrimp. One coat aint enuf.
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Re: New batch of flocked head mallards

Postby Rick Hall » Sat May 13, 2017 4:59 am

CAPT MIKE wrote:...lot of cad yellow mixed with the green to give the reflective effect of a green head with highlight...


Thanks, that's the part I suspect most of us were wondering about. Or at least my part of "us".
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Re: New batch of flocked head mallards

Postby IR1SH » Mon May 15, 2017 5:02 pm

Thank you so much for sharing! I really like your work - especially on the drake heads!

I am going to start flocking/painting me deeks in a couple weeks. Any technique you could share with the blending on the heads would be greatly appreciated!

Solid work!
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Re: New batch of flocked head mallards

Postby CAPT MIKE » Wed May 17, 2017 11:01 pm

I'll see what I can do to show the painting process. Really no big deal. You should practice on something. Squeeze out a blob of cadmium yellow and another blob of Thalo Green (has a lot of blue in it). Try to stipple the green on there quickly. Then while it is still wet start stippling the yellow in and gradually work away from the green adding more and more yellow. Something like that..

I'm just glad a few of you are like me and not willing to settle for those solid green flock jobs. Looks like a duck crossed with the surface of a pool table. HAHA. Not my favorite. I know they work tho; my uncle bought some of the Full Curl decoys when they came out. We killed over them. I think they were the first ones on the market with flocked heads, right?

Like I said before, this is my first flocked birds. I'm sure there is a better way with the airbrush..once I figure it out. Thanks for looking.
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Re: New batch of flocked head mallards

Postby dasimmon » Thu May 18, 2017 9:55 am

looks great!
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Re: New batch of flocked head mallards

Postby IR1SH » Fri May 19, 2017 3:10 pm

Where is the like button?!?!
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Re: New batch of flocked head mallards

Postby CAPT MIKE » Thu May 25, 2017 12:02 am

Got 6 done so far.Image
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