I am mounting a pronghorn that's probably 30 yrs. old and came from
it's home in an old shed (In rough shape, with broken skull plate).
I am looking for advise in two areas: first, with attaching the
broken skull plate to the new form, and second with restoring
color (with what product?) to the actual horns. Any help would
be greatly appreciated.
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NOW, finally, a job for Bondo. Mix a small cup of it HOT and add some chopped fiberglass and some Cabosil. You should end up with a clay like ball of mud to set in the horn attachment. If the skull is just crack,proceed. If it is broken, take a thin bracket and screw it into the skull to hold it together for this next step. Push your horns down into the Bondo ball until they match the contour and symetry. Hold it there for the minute or so it takes the Bondo to kick. Once it's hardened, drill pilot holes through the skull and attach the skull and Bondo to the manniken. I then fill the rest with Bondo mixed with Cabosil, but papier mache or potter's clay will work fine.
To get the color back, mix turpentine and linseed oil 50/50. Paint this on the horn caps and they'll turn back to their rich dark burnt umber.
George, thats what I've been saying, you use bondo! LOL!