What's on everybody's workbench ...?

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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby Pete-pec » Sat Mar 01, 2014 2:37 pm

Sub-specie would be an inaccurate statement. I would say that through their gene pool there is something from their ancestry that is poking through so to speak.
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby montana bound » Sat Mar 01, 2014 4:12 pm

Todays work
Hen mallard from 2 seasons ago.
I need a good clean wall for pics. LOL


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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby Tryingtaxi » Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:52 am

Pete-pec wrote:Sub-specie would be an inaccurate statement. I would say that through their gene pool there is something from their ancestry that is poking through so to speak.


So would it be like a recessive trait like the black neck on a gadwall being xx white neck being yy and regular would be XX or Xy?
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby The Waterfowler » Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:51 am

Since it is not that common, it is probably an genetic marker carried by a recessive gene. I feel if it was a recessive trait there would be more like them. Just probably a normal gene that mutates in some form, just like some Greenwings I've seen with white rings, Mallards with no neck rings, etc.
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby montana bound » Sun Mar 09, 2014 4:29 pm

Not a Duck but Ready to go home!

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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby sprigpig1 » Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:14 pm

Nice work Montana bound.
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby Pete-pec » Tue Mar 11, 2014 6:29 am

Nice deer Montana.

Another white front I see? Love the pose. You have such talent Brandon....looks incredible.
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby sprigpig1 » Tue Mar 11, 2014 2:29 pm

Thanks for the kind words buddy. Talent, I don't know... Luck, hell yes!!! Lol :grooving:
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby montana bound » Tue Mar 11, 2014 6:03 pm

sprigpig1 wrote:Nice work Montana bound.
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Thanks!

That goose is sweet!!!!
Ill be working on a pair of Canadas this weekend, 1 flying and 1 standing.
Hope they look half as good as yours.
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby montana bound » Tue Mar 11, 2014 6:06 pm

Pete-pec wrote:Nice deer Montana.

Another white front I see? Love the pose. You have such talent Brandon....looks incredible.



Thank you.

Now back to some birds, I have 1 shoveler, 2 mallards , 3 Golden eyes and 4 Red heds left to mount.
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby fowlweatherfowler » Tue Mar 11, 2014 8:26 pm

Nice speck!

Here is what I have been working on. Added the bird today. I still have a drake common to add and a pair of barrows if I ever get them or have them gifted. I was going to do the far right bird flying but have since decided against it

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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby beretta24 » Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:16 pm

Nice start, can't wait to see the additions
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby sprigpig1 » Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:41 pm

Hey I have those same pretty pink scissors lol... That is gonna be a sweet piece! Great job on the hen already. :thumbsup:
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby wanapasaki » Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:52 pm

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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby fowlweatherfowler » Wed Mar 12, 2014 7:32 pm

Drake didn't come out as smooth as . Would have hoped but I got it where I am content with it. Those scaps are a pita to get lined up.

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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby Pete-pec » Wed Mar 12, 2014 7:49 pm

The displaying drake trying to win the heart of that girl is a ballsy pose. I think it turned out well. Try some euro pins and thread to tighten up some of those feather dimples by wrapping the bird in a spirograph of threads. If you over dry the skin while drying the feathers, those dimples can show. Super dry the feathers until all the down is fluffy, and spritz the skin with water to keep it lightly damp. As long as you fill the voids with either batting or caulk, you can get a smoother skin.

I'm liking your stuff since your class. Can't wait to see the rest!
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby montana bound » Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:58 pm

Nice work on the Golden eyes! :thumbsup:

I have 3 that I skinned out last weekend that I'll be mounting in the next few weeks.
I wont be trying anything as showy as yours , but I do like your work. :thumbsup:
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby fowlweatherfowler » Wed Mar 12, 2014 9:07 pm

Yeah I'm pretty sure it was over dried. I did spray the head skin a bit to work the eye lids but should have done the whole thing. Does that affect the borax when you rewet?

I'll have to try the sting thing, was never really sure what it was used for. Most of the chest smoothed out with preening. My reall concern and what I like the least is working the scaps trying to line up all that black and white.

I will admit about half way through I really started to rethink the pose. Kinds glad I stuck it out and finished.

Thanks for the compliments that class really helped and I would recommend it ti anyone, but I still have a long way to go.
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby Pete-pec » Wed Mar 12, 2014 9:19 pm

I borax the skin before drying, but I don't use a lot. I'm not certain it is needed, and have mounted a couple birds without it by accident, and have had no infestation of bugs, but dermisted beetles are not a real problem here. I also wouldn't recommend going without it. With that said, I spritz with water and no, the borax doesn't clump.

Those scaps are not easy to align, but try a liberal glob of caulk under those feather butts and it will help those feathers stay in place once you tweezer them into place. Also, the scaps are sometimes not completely developed, making alignment that much more difficult.

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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby sprigpig1 » Wed Mar 12, 2014 9:38 pm

Sweet pose!! That's a tough one for sure. I like it! :thumbsup: Common goldeneyes have one of the coolest courtship rituals for sure and I see it in that mount.
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby DUCKINout » Thu Mar 13, 2014 3:36 pm

Not really on the work bench anymore just finished it this week.
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby fowlweatherfowler » Thu Mar 13, 2014 4:01 pm

Very nice. How did you go about anchoring to the base? Just a second wire in the body and out the neck?
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby DUCKINout » Thu Mar 13, 2014 4:26 pm

1/4 in all thread run through the body neck then through back of the skull then bent to go through the jaw and through the rock. Then bolted under the walnut base. Kind of a pain in the Butt really

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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby wanapasaki » Thu Mar 13, 2014 7:58 pm

DUCKINout wrote:1/4 in all thread run through the body neck then through back of the skull then bent to go through the jaw and through the rock. Then bolted under the walnut base. Kind of a pain in the Butt really

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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby DUCKINout » Thu Mar 13, 2014 8:07 pm

fowlweatherfowler wrote:Very nice. How did you go about anchoring to the base? Just a second wire in the body and out the neck?



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DUCKINout wrote:1/4 in all thread run through the body neck then through back of the skull then bent to go through the jaw and through the rock. Then bolted under the walnut base. Kind of a pain in the Butt really

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Yeah, but it paid off. That thing is sweet. Good job!



Thanks guys I appreciate the positive words also I forgot to put in the original post this is my third bird I have ever mounted and the first bird thats been done 100% by me.

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