|Project by Tom "BUG" Janos||posted 03-05-2012 03:21 AM||3963 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
This is my latest carving project. It is a miniature bufflehead drake decoy. I am creating a miniature duck decoy series over the next year or so and this is the first in the series. I do also have a Wood Duck Drake carved and ready for paint but I am out of red 4mm eyes and have to make a few before I can start painting it. I also have 14 more blanks already cut out on the band-saw and ready to start carving on, now I just need time lol.
He was my first experience with using iridescent paints as they were needed for the head. I know my photos suck but it was 10PM last night when I finished it so I don’t have any day time photos to use (planning on making a photography light box…. someday. I also realized this morning that I had not scraped the paint off the eyes yet so they look pretty dull. I will have to take new photos sometime in the next week or so.
It is hand carved from basswood and fully detailed by a wood burner and/or power detailing tools see photo 6. It is finished with acrylic paints including iridescent paint on the head to give it a realistic look, and hand painted.
I finish all my birds with custom glass eyes to give them a more realistic look. I create the glass eyes and legs myself in my studio.
The bird is measured from the beak to the end of tail: 4 1/4”
The widest part of the decoy is about: 2 ½”
Like most of my carvings it is forsale on my Etsy.com store: http://www.etsy.com/shop/DesignerFirewood
-- Bug from Minnesota. Creating Designer Firewood Since 2006