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Repairing Blackbuck Horns

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by QuadKing, Dec 26, 2006.

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  1. QuadKing

    QuadKing New Member

    Help! I am a weekend warrior when it comes to taxidermy but I enjoy trying. I was very successful with my first European mount but not so much with my second attempt although it was not a whitetail. I took a blackbuck with about 12" long horns and when I attempted to boil the skull, about 1/2" of the tips of the horns singed off. The horns also bubbled up on various parts of the horns. The horns are grown from blackbuck hair so I now know where I went wrong. I think I got the water too hot and since it was very cold outside, I had it in an enclosed grill. Does anyone have any tips for repairing my antlers to their original or closely original state?
     
  2. Black Epoxy Sculpt. Do your best to re-sculpt the tips. Did you pull the horns off the skull? You need to, there is meat in there that will rot. Don't boil the skulls! Simmer them.
     

  3. John King

    John King Guest

    I took the meat off the skull and around and under the edges of the horns much like a whitetail. Without sounding like I'm illiterate, is there meat inside the horns that will rot? If so, should I simply cut the horn off at the horn base and then affix it back to the skull after it's been cleaned? Thanks!
     
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