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« on: January 04, 2018, 01:26:02 PM »

what is the most popular material used for making the bulbous tips on antlers before velvet flocking?Just use sculpting epoxy or is there a better lighter material to use?
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« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2018, 08:05:02 AM »

Apoxie sculpt .. some use bondo but it would be harder to shape
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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2018, 01:58:09 PM »

wondered if plastic wood would work...dries light wt. but will it crack or come loose......
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« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2018, 05:31:41 PM »

Try it and find out. A pixie sculpt was recommended because someone tried it and it works.  Bondo sucks because it doesnt adhere to as good or at all. Eventually youll get a crack in the repair between the antler and the bondo if theres any stress on it. Being that youre having artificial velvet applied in probabably wont matter.
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« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2018, 12:05:51 PM »

yeah,not sure apoxie sculpt would let the flock adhesive bond to it....not really wanting to "experiment".
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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2018, 12:32:18 PM »

Flocking will stick fine to apoxie sculpt
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« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2018, 10:43:18 PM »

not worried about flock...but flock adhesive/paint.....what product to use...latex,enamel,laquer....
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« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2018, 09:17:44 AM »

The paint adhesive  will stick fine to the apoxie sculpt.  ...  do you plan flocking these your self  ? Reason I ask is  the flock in the right length and color is hard to find , also you will need a stadic gun to apply it and there not cheap... all you need to do is build up the antlers like you want them with apoxie and who ever does the flocking will do the rest
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« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2018, 02:05:02 PM »

yes diy project...have the fibers...not hard to find if you know how to use a computer...and static guns can be bought for 40 bucks or so to start......making my own as well.....electric flyswatter with screen cup......no biggy just have been using colored paint for adhesive but want to make bulbous ends on next set here but wasn't sure what product to make them out of...just hate using allgame/maj scup/etc....the stuff has no decent shelf life for how much I use.....hate to buy a quart of it and let it sit...the only problem on a large caribou set is stopping and starting to hide the "seam"
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« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2018, 02:32:56 PM »

Good luck on your project..  fibers need to be .125" in length .. and it takes a pretty powerfull stadic gun to handle that length fiber.   If you decide it's not going to work out for you  send them to my son ben jones 615-517-0001   He has done hundreds for velvet antlers for taxidermists all over the country
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« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2018, 03:34:26 PM »

Ben does a great job. I've used him multiple times. Thanks for the info ljones.
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« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2018, 10:03:10 PM »

fibers are .08.....no problem......sending them out is waste of money for what they charge......
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« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2018, 09:03:09 AM »

 
fibers are .08.....no problem......sending them out is waste of money for what they charge......

The .08" length is going to be way too short to  simulate anything close to real deer velvet ... you will have no more length with .08 than peach fuzz ..my opinion
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« Reply #13 on: January 12, 2018, 12:55:27 PM »

not a deer... not really concerned with your opinion , you dont know what Im doing or product or methods or number of coatings so please just clam up unless you have a better product for making rounded tips as was the subject of this post
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« Reply #14 on: January 12, 2018, 02:00:06 PM »

what is the most popular material used for making the bulbous tips on antlers before velvet flocking?Just use sculpting epoxy or is there a better lighter material to use?

not a deer... not really concerned with your opinion , you dont know what Im doing or product or methods or number of coatings so please just clam up unless you have a better product for making rounded tips as was the subject of this post


  the  deer family are the only animals  that have antlers so I assumed that's what you had .. USE APOXIE SCULPT  we have done hundreds that way and it works. Sorry I pissed you off we have been doing artificial velvet for 10 years for our self and other taxidermists...  I know what does and dosent work !  Good luck
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