I was mentioning these pre-made eye rings that I use for my birds. I wanted to share some pictures of the process.
Like I said before, I plug these into the socket, it grabs a bit of skin and clinches that skin against the eye ring, and the wet apoxie sculpt that is in the socket. This is the first step to modeling them. Once they dry overnight, I paint them with lacquer paints with a fine camel haired paint brush. If any paint gets on the eye, I simply scratch it off with a scalpel.
After the paint dries, I will put an eraser type plug on the bottom side of the eye, and sharpen it slightly so it drives into the opening at the eye, and sits in the wet apoxie until it all hardens a day later. Of course the eye rings are slightly larger than the real deal, although the hazel eye is for a hen old squaw, and they have very puffy eye rings, but the eye ring sort of meshes against those tiny feathers and disappears a bit. So most of the eye ring is sort of imbedded over the skin, and into the socket that has the wet apoxie sculpt in it.
The only tools I use is apoxie sculpt, wax paper to work on, and allows me to remove the eye later, a sharp scalpel, and a bent pin to help sculpt the duct and the nictitating membrane in the corner of the eye. I understand that that membrane is clear, but I make mine out of sculpt, and I paint it. It is very hard to see, and although this is something someone would do in a competition, it is really only for my pleasure. I very rarely display my work or my collection. I'm simply trying to get to that next level.
So the first thing I do is take a piece of balled up sculpt and put it under the eye, and press it to the wax paper to to keep it in place. After the process is complete, I can simply remove it by taking a scalpel blade, and sliding it under the eye, and allow it to dry overnight.
I roll up some sculpt into a worm, (picture is rolled up apoxie)
I take a piece and wrap it under the eye, and cut both ends at an angle. (Step 1)
Then I do the same thing, and wrap it over the top. (Step 2)
Then I cut that off at an angle. (Step 3)
I blend the two together. (step 4)
They are in reverse order, and I'm not doing it again! lol
I'll continue with the next couple sequences on the next post.
- step 4
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- step 3
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- step 2
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- step 1
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