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    Am trying to make birds feet, and I can "buy them" but ... Have looked on the tube and all crafty small ideas. I have 18 ga wire and some smaller copper. About the size of Robins.
    Chuck
    Always hoping for a nice slice that won't need sanding!

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    Add a soldering iron and solder, shape with a small file or Dremel add some paint and you're set. It has work for me. But now I order from Hummul Carving.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Randy View Post
      Add a soldering iron and solder, shape with a small file or Dremel add some paint and you're set. It has work for me. But now I order from Hummul Carving.
      Thanks Randy , My shakes and a soldering iron Hmmul sounds oky. I checkem out.
      Chuck.
      Chuck
      Always hoping for a nice slice that won't need sanding!

      https://woodensmallthings.blogspot.com/2021/01/

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      • #4
        Originally posted by NoDNA View Post
        Am trying to make birds feet, and I can "buy them" but ... Have looked on the tube and all crafty small ideas. I have 18 ga wire and some smaller copper. About the size of Robins.
        I have always made the legs and feet for the birds I've done. I size and shape the back and inside toes from one piece of wire, size and shape the middle and outside toes from another piece, size and shape the legs, solder a wire on the back of the leg (from the rear toe to the ankle) for a tendon, then solder the toes to the legs.

        I then grind details on the legs, if desired, and then cover the toes with epoxy putty. To finish, I use a small stump cutter to shape and add details.

        Note: I have the bird mostly carved and the base/mount all but finished before making the legs. This allows me to adjust the legs and feet to the desired position prior to soldering and coating.

        Note 2: If I do not have a set of cast feet for the bird I'm carving, I order a set and use them as reference for measurements and details.

        There is nothing wrong with using the cast legs/feet for a finished carving (unless you're going to enter them in a show that doesn't allow them). The issue with them is forming them to a desired shape if you're doing anything but a traditional stance. Bending them is risky, as they can break easily. Some people buy just the feet and use a copper wire for the legs.... much easier to pose.

        Lori Corbett has a good tutorial in her book "Carving Award Winning Song Birds".

        (Pics show feet and Chickadee they were put on.)
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        Last edited by dave.keele; 06-17-2022, 07:23 AM.
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        • #5
          Tried to edit previous post and add pic. Didn't like that.... so here's pic:
          L 2.jpg
          ....Dave
          Old carvers never die... they just whittle away.
          www.shellknobwoodcarvers.weebly.com

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          • #6
            Originally posted by dave.keele View Post
            Tried to edit previous post and add pic. Didn't like that.... so here's pic:
            L 2.jpg
            Thanks Dave.Keele, Great lil Bird , But as you stated about soldering, I have tremors, and I just soldered the hecck out of the work table and almost my fingers, tried holding in my small vice HAAAa. .
            Think I'll order some feets for my song birds.
            Cheers Chuck
            Chuck
            Always hoping for a nice slice that won't need sanding!

            https://woodensmallthings.blogspot.com/2021/01/

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