Installing Split Caribou antlers

Submitted by Dan Peterson on 01/06/2003. ( )

I have several Caribou head mounts to do and have sent the antlers to have Velvet put on by Research Mannikins. I split the horns for shipping purposes and wonder if there is an easy way to install split racks when mounting the head. My thought was to use Bondo and hold them in place until it hardens and then screw them into place permanently. Or is there a bracket or device sold to make the job easier? Also, is there a better or worse way to cut the horns when splitting for shipment to make it easier to put them back together? Thank you for the help!

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Just stick em with Bondo, then use an epoxy

This response submitted by JOhn C on 01/06/2003. ( )

We all get into this sooner or later. I do use a bit of bondo on the bottom to give a firm mounting base.

I screw them to the form with the bondo base and then use epoxy, you may also wish to use some of the flat screw plates available from the hardware store.

I use fiberglass instead

This response submitted by George on 01/06/2003. ( )

I take 2 thin strap (like you get when you open those little mount hangers). With a half inc screw, I attach it to one side, pushe the halves together and then affix the other side. Then I turn the antlers over and do the same thing to the opposite side. Then in the brain cavity area, I mix fiberglass with fiberglass chop and spatula it into the cavity. Once it kicks, it's now save to drill holes in the skull bones and affix the antlers to the mannikin without worrying about them popping off or apart.

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