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Title: Busted! Antler and Horn Repair,Updated
Post by: Jim B on March 28, 2010, 08:21:39 PM
The last week or so I have been working on some horn and antler repairs.This one is a Marco Polo sheep that had about 10" of horn shot off.This picture shows the two pieces but only after I repaired and filled as much of the splintering as I could.This won't be a full tutorial as I've done a couple of those but I did photograph some of the steps so maybe someone can get something from this.
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/jbrandenburg/HornRepair005.jpg)
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Jim B on March 28, 2010, 08:25:22 PM
I worked epoxy down in the large splits and cracks plus thin super glue in the thin cracks and clamped the daylights out of it.This just shows the tip section clamped.
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/jbrandenburg/HornRepair001.jpg)
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Jim B on March 28, 2010, 08:28:05 PM
Here the pieces have been epoxied together using Ultra Smooth.
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/jbrandenburg/HornRepair013.jpg)
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Jim B on March 28, 2010, 08:31:38 PM
Starting to rebuild some texture with All Game to which a little color was added.This is the outside of the horn.
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/jbrandenburg/HornRepair019.jpg)
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: hoytusa on March 28, 2010, 08:33:36 PM
that looks great so far!

I hope I never have to try it ;)
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Jim B on March 28, 2010, 08:35:29 PM
Rebuilding texture on the inner side of the horn.As the putty gets close to being hard,I used the point of a scalpel to cut in little cracks,checks and splinters like the surrounding area.
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/jbrandenburg/HornRepair020.jpg)
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Jim B on March 28, 2010, 08:39:01 PM
I used thin washes of acrylic artist's tube paints to blend in the color.White,yellow ochre,raw umber,black and lots of water.
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/jbrandenburg/HornRepair040.jpg)
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Jim B on March 28, 2010, 08:41:09 PM
The inner side after painting.
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/jbrandenburg/HornRepair043.jpg)
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Jim B on March 28, 2010, 08:43:51 PM
A shot of the whole horn,back in one piece.
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/jbrandenburg/HornRepair045-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Jim B on March 28, 2010, 08:48:11 PM
I don't have a lot of pictures of this one but it is a bushbuck that probably lost half it's right horn fighting.A 1/4 threaded rod and built up with All Game.Texturing was done with a Dremel,wire brush and scalpel.
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/jbrandenburg/HornRepair027.jpg)
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: coal39 on March 28, 2010, 08:48:40 PM
Nice job Jim as usual.
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Jim B on March 28, 2010, 08:50:17 PM
Here is the finished,painted horn.
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/jbrandenburg/HornRepair046.jpg)
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: John Bellucci on March 28, 2010, 08:53:51 PM
Nice freaking work!  The job on those Sheep horns are right on the money.  EXCELLENT!

John.
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Jim B on March 28, 2010, 08:55:49 PM
Thanks John.This is another bushbuck.I forgot to get before pictures but it had about 10 " broke off the same,right side.The finished repair.
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/jbrandenburg/HornRepair047.jpg)
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: hoytusa on March 28, 2010, 09:03:45 PM
You are a true artist sir!
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Jim B on March 28, 2010, 09:07:44 PM
I forgot to mention that the bushbuck horn seemed to like a wash of sienna and black over that.I just about never use black on any animal or horn but I applied the black over the sienna while still wet and it really matched the rest of the horn.

Then there is the elk.I replaced almost 40" of tines on this one.
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/jbrandenburg/HornRepair009.jpg)
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Jim B on March 28, 2010, 09:09:50 PM
3/8" threaded rods epoxied in and shaped.
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/jbrandenburg/HornRepair008.jpg)
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Jim B on March 28, 2010, 09:13:20 PM
I built this up,also with All Game-several layers,shaped it with rasps and coarse sandpaper,then used a Dremel to cut in the texture.
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/jbrandenburg/HornRepair025.jpg)
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Jim B on March 28, 2010, 09:17:02 PM
I'm in the process of painting this one so this will be the last picture of it till it's done.
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/jbrandenburg/HornRepair024.jpg)
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Donnie C. on March 28, 2010, 09:27:11 PM
Wow, Thats pretty sharp stuff! Great job!
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Jim B on March 28, 2010, 09:29:28 PM
Pictures don't do this whitetail justice.I haven't measured,but it must be 8" around,above the burrs.I was provided with a previous shed to use as reference for this non-typical point/beam.
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/jbrandenburg/HornRepair004.jpg)
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Jim B on March 28, 2010, 09:32:21 PM
Here the beam is mostly built.Most of the texture was done with a Dremel.
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/jbrandenburg/HornRepair023.jpg)
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Jim B on March 28, 2010, 09:39:50 PM
I used the dremel for most of the texturing but had to hand sculpt some of this beacause it was a little too tight to get the dremel in there.I put a base coat of paint on the elk and deer and need to let that dry before finishing.I will try to get some more finished pictures up tomorrow.
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/jbrandenburg/HornRepair033.jpg)
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: George Roof on March 28, 2010, 09:53:02 PM
EXCELLENT work Jim.
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Edgewater Taxidermy Galen on March 28, 2010, 09:56:31 PM
Cool  posting...
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: TMALONE on March 28, 2010, 09:57:35 PM
Everything looks great, but that sheep repair is DY-NO-MITE!!!
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Nyati on March 28, 2010, 10:12:41 PM
Unbelieveable work Jim.
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Jim B on March 29, 2010, 01:21:26 AM
OK,I lied.Nothing good on TV so I had to go pick at this deer.I had already mixed up a base coat,sort of a bone color to match the lightest color of the rack.After that dried,I went back over with raw umber and tried a variety of techniques,washes,dry brushing,stippling with a Scotch Brite pad,robbing highlights with a wet Q Tip-whatever worked.It is just a matter of trying a few techniques for applying the color and the rest of the rack is your reference.
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/jbrandenburg/HornRepair050.jpg)
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Jim B on March 29, 2010, 01:26:11 AM
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/jbrandenburg/HornRepair051.jpg)
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Jim B on March 29, 2010, 01:28:42 AM
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/jbrandenburg/HornRepair052.jpg)
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: [email protected] on March 29, 2010, 09:02:09 AM
Jimm....very nice, do you ever use texture pads?
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: bmdakk (Bryan) on March 29, 2010, 09:30:03 AM
awesome repairs!
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: cooper669 on March 29, 2010, 09:40:04 AM
Beautiful work! That whitetail is a freak. Awesome job on all of them.
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Jim B on March 29, 2010, 11:33:30 AM
"Jimm....very nice, do you ever use texture pads?"

Yes Bill,I do.In the tutorials I did,I used them a good bit.I just try to asess each job and use whichever method is faster.On some areas of sheep,I just can't get the sharp cracks and checks that I can get with the scalpel,plus,I am trying to match my lines up with the existing lines in the rack and when that is the case,sculpting them in works better for me.It just depends on the situation.A combination of both can work well too.
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Curt on March 29, 2010, 12:20:50 PM
Some folks just have the most incredible level of artistic talent... You sir, are most certainly one of those folks. Thank you for taking the time to post photos. It is a real pleasure looking at your work.
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Bobbym1232 on March 29, 2010, 01:29:34 PM
Awesome repair jobs!
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Bobbi Meyer on March 29, 2010, 01:40:18 PM
very nice!
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Post by: Rus on March 29, 2010, 03:03:25 PM
very, very nice
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Daniel M. on March 29, 2010, 04:01:26 PM
Those are all absolutely amazing! I wouldn't even know they were ever broken and even after seeing the pictures, I still can't tell where the repair starts and stops. I hope someday I can come even close to your level of talent.

Thank you for sharing the pictures  :)
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Smith's Taxidermy on March 29, 2010, 05:12:38 PM
Excellent work!
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: BearB8 on March 29, 2010, 07:34:11 PM
Awesome stuff Jim. Alot a hours spent fixin horns. Very seldom do they look that good.......Jeff
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Matt on March 29, 2010, 09:45:36 PM
Outstanding work Jim, but I wouldn't expect anything less from you!
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Harvest Moon Taxid-mike on March 29, 2010, 10:39:30 PM
Jim's MAGIC!
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: tjaxtax on March 30, 2010, 02:43:36 PM
Awesome job!
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Jim B on March 31, 2010, 01:29:00 AM
Here is one half of the elk,painted.After that first,base coat of ivory,The main color was raw umber with a small amount of white and black added.95% of all the painting on this repair was done with a wadded up,wet paper towel,dabbing the paint on.The same acrylic tube paint was used.There was no wiping,staining or smearing of paint on any of the above repairs.That won't match the existing horn or antler.
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/jbrandenburg/HornRepair053.jpg)
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Jim B on March 31, 2010, 01:33:24 AM
A closer shot of the same side.I'll try tomorrow,to talk briefly about the paints and tools.
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/jbrandenburg/HornRepair056.jpg)
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Bobbi Meyer on March 31, 2010, 10:04:32 AM
Can't wait Jim! Thanks
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: RICK P on March 31, 2010, 01:06:20 PM
I'll try tomorrow,to talk briefly about the paints and tools.

Please do,, this is the problem I have ran into. I use All-Game to fix antlers but this stuff just doesn't color..
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Jim B on March 31, 2010, 05:20:07 PM
These are the tools and materials.The cabinet maker's rasps are expensive but sure pay for themselves if have a lot of rasping to do.They cut fast and smooth.You can do without those,though as well as the Dremel.Beyond those,you can see that this stuff is pretty low tech.I did the majority of the painting of the elk with that crumpled up paper towel,dabbing the paint on.I used softer artist brushes to apply thin washes to the sheep and bush bucks.

The coarser,bristle brushes and Scotch Brite pad can be used for stippling.Sometimes I trim a brush shorter to make it stiffer and coarser.These brushes and tools can also be used to texture epoxy.Just experiment with what you have till you get a match.If one technique doesn't work,wipe it off and try something different.Wiping and smearing stain across the repair,will almost never get it.

Look closely at your rack and see what the color looks like.Is it stippled? Is the dark in the bottom of grooves or on the high spots? Or is it random? Replicate what you see.Start with lighter tones and progress to dark.I buy the cheapest acrylics I can get.The Basics come in large tubes.I think Dick Blick may have them on sale for $3.11.Acrylics work better than anything I have tried in over 40 years and are non toxic,water thinning and clean up and easy to apply and even remove,while wet.Permanent when dry.I also use them to make lichens on rocks,last minute finish touch ups,blending in scars or small slips and a miriad of other things.

The most used color is Raw Umber.It is a good idea to also have burnt umber,raw sienna,black,white and yellow ochre or oxide.Raw umber will handle 90 % of it-antlers and horns.The rack is your reference.If it isn't,you need to first get your repair the same as the lightest,background color of your rack.Most antlers would be bone or ivory.Some elk and mule deer may be a little more grayish.Anyway,match your repair to the lightest background color of the rack.You can airbrush or hand paint that.I hand painted these.I would only ever use an airbrush to blend that background color.That's it.

When you start applying color,you have to experiment a little to see which "applicator" and what thickness or thinness of paint gives you the right look.It is that simple.You see how low-tech the tools are.You do have to use your brain and if one technique doesn't work,wipe it off and try the next.Look at the tools on the table.How long would it take to make a little experimental "dab" with a few or even each"applicator" there? Minutes.

You do have to learn a little about color mixing and I can't teach you that but the information is out there.Is your umber not reddish enough? Switch to burnt umber or add a little sienna.Is the umber too brown and you need to tone it down? Add a little gray or a little black and white which equal gray.Again,raw umber will do most things but you may have to tweek it slightly to match the individual rack.

As daunting as this sounds to someone trying it the first time,keep in mind,when I paint some of these,I have no idea what tool or painting technique will work for that repair till I experiment and find out.I haven't repaired a Marco Polo in many years and had no idea what would work till I experimented a little-just like a newbee.The advantage I did have,was that I knew it could be done and I knew I had the tools and materials that would work and I also knew I HAD to do it.

Where most people fail is,they listen to some advice about wiping some magic stain across the repair .That may work in rare case but almost never.When it doesn't work,they give up.Use the acrylics.Experiment with the right consistency of paint and the right tool to apply it.If one thing doesn't work,wipe it off and try the next.It is just that simple.

I painted that elk above,almost entirely with the crumpled paper towel in the picture here.Just dabbed the paint on.At first the paint was thinned with water.When I got to the darker speckles on the surface,less water and tbarely any paint on the paper towel.High-tech stuff.Look at the real rack and tell me how you would replicate that blotchy,stippled,flecked coloring by wiping a stain across the rack? You have to match what is there.It can be done and it is easier than you think.You can't get there by mindlessly spraying or wiping paint.You have to use your brain a little but you have all the reference you need in the rack itself and the acrylics will get you there.Just be willing to spend a little time working out the technique.

On the Marco Polo,I applied thin washes with soft artist brushes-mainly.Same thing on the two bush buck horns.I dabbed paint on the elk with the paper towel and followed that up with a little detail stippling with the bristle artist brushes.Similar technique on the whitetail.

I hope you noticed that there were 4 distinctly different types of racks here but the same materials were used to build each and the same paints used to match the color.Just varying the techniques slightly to match the individual rack.You can practice the techniques by sculpting a tine or section of horn.You don't even need a real rack.Figure out the techniques and they will carry over into many other aspects of your work.

I didn't put this stuff up here to fish for compliments though I do appreciate the nice words.I just thought it was a good time to photograph a variety of projects and show how the same techniques could work for different things and to try to convince people they can do this stuff if they are willing to put forth a little effort.I also did a couple tutorials that are in that section and I went over much of this.Texture pads were covered in those as well.

I hope someone gets something from these though I sometimes wonder.I keep reading where someone read the tutorials,but when they WIPED their OIL PAINT or STAIN on it didn't work!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe on their computer,only the pictures come up and the written word is blocked.LOL I don't know.Just have fun with it guys and don't tell yourself you can't do something.
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/jbrandenburg/HornRepair.jpg)
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: RICK P on March 31, 2010, 06:25:53 PM
Jim, I do appreciate you taking the time to put all this together. I have read many threads on the subject but, for some reason there always seemed to be a piece of the process missing. After reading this I feel like it might have actually sank in this time.
Again, Thanks
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Marty Dupertuis on March 31, 2010, 08:29:15 PM
Thanks Jim, that is very helpful.  Thanks for taking the time to post.
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Diamondhitch on March 31, 2010, 08:39:43 PM
Incredible. Absolutely phenomenal work! Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Jim B on March 31, 2010, 11:52:42 PM
Rick P,it does get confusing because you will get 100 answers on what works great.I have been experimenting and refining this for 45 years and I can't tell you I won't change things if I find a better way but to date,this is the easiest way that produces the best results, fastest, and using safe products.It is just the best I have been able to come up with.I post the pictures so you can see the results and decide if that's what you want.I was just hoping someone could gain something from all those years of experimenting.

Thanks guys.
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: [email protected] on April 01, 2010, 08:03:36 AM
This post has been saved to favorites. Thanks Jim for a truly informative post.
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Jared Adams on April 01, 2010, 08:45:51 PM
This thread is outstanding!  This one should go in the tutorials for sure.  Great work Jim.
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: KLibby on April 08, 2010, 09:22:35 AM
Jim the work is great as usual. It is a relief to work with a guy you can count on to do great work and deliver on time.
Thanks Again
Kevin
Title: Re: Busted!
Post by: Low T on April 18, 2010, 09:10:24 AM
Brilliant! Great post Jim, thanks for sharing.
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Post by: Michael Butler on April 18, 2010, 09:37:14 AM
Thanks for taking the time you did to make this post Jim! Very informative and useful..
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Post by: Shedfreak88 on January 07, 2011, 10:58:58 AM
I cant believe I just found this post. Ill start looking in the deer and gameheads more often. That is amazing work Jim, I'd give my left nut to be able to repair and match paint like that.!!
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Post by: mohuntenfool on January 07, 2011, 11:54:18 AM
Outstanding Thanks for sharing!!
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Post by: antlerman on January 07, 2011, 12:03:55 PM
Just saw this for the first time...Nice work.
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Post by: Tim Duncan on January 07, 2011, 12:34:10 PM
awesome job jim
Title: Re: Busted! Antler and Horn Repair
Post by: tem on January 07, 2011, 12:57:59 PM
truly an artest at work. great work.
Title: Re: Busted! Antler and Horn Repair
Post by: D-N-A taxidermy on January 07, 2011, 06:42:44 PM
I am just starting out and going to school, that is mind blowing how that looked when you got done.
Title: Re: Busted! Antler and Horn Repair
Post by: Richbo on February 14, 2011, 07:46:03 PM
I am getting ready to finish my first anlter repair.  This tutorial will definitely be a big help.  Hopefully mine will turn out half as good as Jim's.  Thanks, Jim.  Great work.....
Title: Re: Busted! Antler and Horn Repair
Post by: alan webfoot on February 14, 2011, 09:59:34 PM
Uhhh which one was busted??
Title: Re: Busted! Antler and Horn Repair
Post by: FIELD2FOREVER on February 25, 2011, 02:59:48 PM
This is an amazing post, and a great tutorial. Thanks Jim, truly awesome!!!
Title: Re: Busted! Antler and Horn Repair
Post by: michael p. on August 04, 2011, 01:44:31 AM
Thank you Jim!!!
Title: Re: Busted! Antler and Horn Repair
Post by: njwhitetail on August 05, 2011, 01:37:51 PM
Thanks!! marking
Title: Re: Busted! Antler and Horn Repair
Post by: bucknduck on August 11, 2011, 09:36:43 PM
Awesome work man!  Thanks for sharing the techniques!!!
Title: Re: Busted! Antler and Horn Repair
Post by: Joey Arender on August 12, 2011, 09:22:29 AM
Very nice!!!
Title: Re: Busted! Antler and Horn Repair
Post by: animalartstaxidermy on September 03, 2011, 07:37:43 AM
THANKYOU VERY MUCH I HAVE AN ANTLER I NEED TO REPAIR AND YOUR STEP BY STEP WAS VERY USEFULL THANKS AGAIN FOR YOUR TIME AND KNOWLEDGE.
Title: Re: Busted! Antler and Horn Repair
Post by: pinnacle on November 24, 2011, 08:14:48 PM
Graet job
Title: Re: Busted! Antler and Horn Repair
Post by: Jim B on February 01, 2012, 11:47:07 PM
Thought I better do an add-on.This is a California Bighorn that was shot through one horn.
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/jbrandenburg/P1010945.jpg)
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/jbrandenburg/P1010946.jpg)
The entire cavity,both sides,was filled with Magic Smooth,after all splintering was removed.Epoxy was worked into all cracks.The following day,it was rasped to make sure there was room for 1/8" of space for the next layer of epoxy.
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/jbrandenburg/P1010950.jpg)
Title: Re: Busted! Antler and Horn Repair
Post by: Jim B on February 01, 2012, 11:55:26 PM
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/jbrandenburg/P1010958.jpg)
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/jbrandenburg/P1010959.jpg)
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/jbrandenburg/P1010957.jpg)
Like the earlier sheep,a small amount of raw sienna was mixed into All Game and applied to the horn.As before,at first smoothing out,getting the thickness and general shaping.Once it was as detailed as I dare get in it's soft state,I came back about every half hour and cut in finer detail.This was repeated until it was too hard to work.The next day,a little fine sanding was done on the high spots as they get worn and texture isn't as strong there.
Title: Re: Busted! Antler and Horn Repair
Post by: Jim B on February 02, 2012, 12:02:36 AM
After the light sanding,I mixed up a thin wash of Raw Umber and started working over the repair.

When using washes,a transparent color,be aware that if the wash laps over the existing horn,you will have double color in that perimeter area.That will be a dark shadow line that frames and points out your repair.If you get that lap-over,go back with a damp Q tip or small artist brush and remove that was outside your repair.
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/jbrandenburg/P1010960.jpg)

Title: Re: Busted! Antler and Horn Repair
Post by: Jim B on February 02, 2012, 12:14:19 AM
This elk had about 12" broken off a 4th tine.A tapered,1/2" threaded rod was epoxied in after bending to shape.The screws around the base held the rod steady while the epoxy cured but more importantly,they give the next layer of epoxy something more to hang on to.
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/jbrandenburg/P1010951.jpg)
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/jbrandenburg/P1010952.jpg)
Title: Re: Busted! Antler and Horn Repair
Post by: Jim B on February 02, 2012, 12:19:56 AM
After the rod was solid,I covered it with Magic Smooth and the following day rasped it into shape leaving room to add app. 3/16 layer of All Game.

Magic Smooth is a good first layer as gets into pores,sticks tighter and is stronger than the filler,sculpting type epoxies.However,I should have used a smaller layer because that stuff was too much work to rasp.

The following day,I applied a layer of Magic Sculp over that.I left it thicker than the shape I wanted so I could rasp and sand it into shape.
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/jbrandenburg/P1010969.jpg)
Title: Re: Busted! Antler and Horn Repair
Post by: Jim B on February 02, 2012, 12:31:57 AM
The following day I rasped and sanded it into shape.I ground the texture into it with a Dremel.Texture molds have their place but here,I needed to match all the existing grooves and ridges of the existing antler.That would be impossible with a texture mold.After grinding,some judicious sanding helped blend and soften the texture.
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/jbrandenburg/P1010971.jpg)
Title: Re: Busted! Antler and Horn Repair
Post by: Jim B on February 02, 2012, 12:33:52 AM
The only color needed was raw umber.The painting methods were described earlier in the tutorial.
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a140/jbrandenburg/P1010972.jpg)
Title: Re: Busted! Antler and Horn Repair,Updated
Post by: KLibby on February 08, 2012, 10:20:08 AM
Looks like you are getting the hang of these types  of repair.

Great work.
Title: Re: Busted! Antler and Horn Repair,Updated
Post by: bigwolfron on February 23, 2012, 11:52:26 AM
your work is awsome. how do you price the repair work? by the inch or by the hr.i have several white tail racks to repair,some with a few chiped tines , one with four tines missing.the sculpting of the tines arent bad but the blending of the rack has been hard to match like yours. any help with colors i should have on hand.im in michigan and most of the racks are really light .the repaired part seems to always looks to dark. any help
Title: Re: Busted! Antler and Horn Repair,Updated
Post by: Jim B on February 25, 2012, 12:18:25 AM
bigwolf,I do a little of both.In the long run,you just have to determine how long certain jobs will take you and how much you need to make.If you are having trouble matching the color,you may have to go back and read more thoroughly.I can't think of a single thing I left out.With the acrylics,if it is too dark,you used too much paint or didn't thin it enough with water.If you do get it too dark,you have several minutes at least,to remove some.I've tried to stress,over and over,if it doesn't look quite right-change it!The rest of the rack is all the reference you need.
Title: Re: Busted! Antler and Horn Repair,Updated
Post by: gnatboy911 on June 02, 2013, 11:54:00 PM
Just wanted to say thanks to Jim for this tutorial. It is really going to help me out.