Belted Kingfisher Feet
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- 1.00 LBS
The Belted Kingfisher Feet will make your carving or taxidermy piece come to life with these "life size" bird feet. The Belted Kingfisher cast feet are made of a mixture of pewter and tin forming a replica of real bird feet. You will be impressed by the intricate detail of the legs and feet that will make your carving look more realistic than ever before.
Belted Kingfisher Feet Specifications:
- Delise Feet originals.
- Made in the USA.
- Sold by the pair. (one left and one right to fit one full size Belted Kingfisher).
- Full Size.
- From the tip of the front toe to the tip of the back of the foot is 1 1/4" long.
- From the bottom of the foot to the top of the leg tenon is about 3" high.
- Each foot is about 2" wide.
- There are 3 toes.
- Three to the front and but none on the back.
- There is a tenon on the bottom of each foot that is about 1/8" in diameter and 3/8" long.
- This tenon can be used to mount the bird and feet onto a surface, like a branch or may be clipped off if not needed.
- The top of the leg is about 1/8" in diameter.
Tips for Installing Belted Kingfisher Feet:
- Drill holes in the bird to attach the legs and feet.
- The legs do have a left and a right.
- If you look carefully at the top of the leg, they will be marked.
- Also remember that the hind toe goes to the inside of the bird.
- Attach the legs using an epoxy. If you want to bend the feet or legs, GO SLOW!
- Use a hair dryer to heat them and slowly bend them into position.
- You can also use a file and notch them from the under side of the knuckles to bend them around.
- Be careful because the Belted Kingfisher cast feet are very small and can break easily.
- Reinforce the bent feet with a little super glue or apoxie sculpt.
- To blend the legs from the body of the bird, use a little Apoxie Sculpt to create a feather formation that looks more natural.
- Clean the legs and feet with vinegar or denatured alcohol before painting them.
While these feet were made by Richard Delise to replicate those of a life size bird, there are many other birds that have feet that are very similar or almost identical. If you want to slightly alter the feet without making your own, simply add a little Apoxie sculpt to make areas thicker or bolder according to the bird you are trying to make.