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Reproduction antlers critique

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by silvan, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. silvan

    silvan New Member

    this is my first attempt at this and wanted opinions befor I give it a final clear coat. I have satin and gloss clear coats, witch one do i want to use?
    I placed them next to some real horns for referance
  2. silvan

    silvan New Member

    ow ya, I did not make these only painted them!

  3. Russ of V.O.W.T

    Russ of V.O.W.T my Ken Edwards moment

    dont take this the wrong way, but i think they are to dark and look nothing like the real thing from this area anyway.

    as far as coating them, i dont put anything on them, unless its a matte sealer, and i only lightly do that, on reproductions only, i dont put anything on real antlers.
  4. Jim L

    Jim L New Member

    I also think they look too dark.
  5. I agree with Russ and Jim . However, there are deer that have antlers that dark. My father shot one in maine a few years ago and they're the darkest ive seen. I think you should tone down the white tips on the smaller one, but tahts just me. I guess it all depends on the reference your using
  6. silvan

    silvan New Member

    than I shall try to lighten them up. I used thinner and the tar from a shingle to do the color, they are antlers for a jack-o-lop but will go on a racoon!
  7. Russ of V.O.W.T

    Russ of V.O.W.T my Ken Edwards moment

    i use aged oak gelstain by minwax for a base coat, wipe on and wipe off unti you get the shade you desire. Tar and thinner seems like an awful way to go to get the results you want. I have never tried that method, but tar in general would keep me from trying it LOL
  8. They look to dark, the way i do it is i use the a dark brown water based paint, then ill have a brush, and paper towel and just paint then wipe till everything looks good.
  9. chongo

    chongo Member

    I think the front rack transitions too suddenly to the white tips. Also, the white itself looks a little bleached to seem natural.

    TIM DUNCAN surry county va

    defiantly to dark try to remove some of the stain with thinner if your gonna use stain use a lite oak and wipe it off not dark cherry or something, some steel wool might make it good leave some in some places
  11. Uncle Harley

    Uncle Harley New Member

    I agree too dark...... BUT when you are ready to lock the paint in use KRYLON #1311 in a couple light coats.