Does anyone have any recommendations as to the best way to permanently attach deer skin to the antler base when mounting a deer. Sometimes the skin on mine wants to pull away.
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But here it is one more time.
I use Epo-Grip 2 Part Hide adhesive. Put a large amount on the forehead, now using Apoxie Sculpt, run a small pencil sized piece around each burr.
Sew the deer up, with a modeling tool, tuck the burr skin between the burr and epoxie.
Now work the Epo-Grip up and around the burrs under the skin, I use my thumbs, mater of fact, work this all the way into all the seams to the top of the ear butts.
Now if you have set the antlers even close to where they should be. Skin is thinned properly. The skin is there forever.
Take a few extra minutes tucking the skin. Work the hair patterns in. In 4 hours its a done deal!
I take 4 serrated brads [1"] and nail them around each burr, N, S, East and West, when mount is dry I simply cut them flush to hide with side cutters, maybe an unnecasarry precaution but it's how I was taught before *Epo-Grip came around and I continue to do it
Aaron, One other point to keep in mind. Often when the cape pulls away from the antler bases it is due to not claying up the area to rebuild where tissue was removed. If this area (especially just behind the antler bases) is not built up it allows the drying cape to "fall down" into this area exposing the skull plate below the burrs. Remember that the cape was thinned as well so use a bit of clay to replace that as well. Enjoy, Aaron H.
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