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Busted! Antler and Horn Repair,Updated

Discussion in 'Tutorials' started by Jim B, Mar 28, 2010.

  1. Jim B

    Jim B Active Member

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    The last week or so I have been working on some horn and antler repairs.This one is a Marco Polo sheep that had about 10" of horn shot off.This picture shows the two pieces but only after I repaired and filled as much of the splintering as I could.This won't be a full tutorial as I've done a couple of those but I did photograph some of the steps so maybe someone can get something from this.
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  2. Jim B

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    I worked epoxy down in the large splits and cracks plus thin super glue in the thin cracks and clamped the daylights out of it.This just shows the tip section clamped.
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  3. Jim B

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    Here the pieces have been epoxied together using Ultra Smooth.
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  4. Jim B

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    Starting to rebuild some texture with All Game to which a little color was added.This is the outside of the horn.
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  5. hoytusa

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    that looks great so far!

    I hope I never have to try it ;)
     
  6. Jim B

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    Rebuilding texture on the inner side of the horn.As the putty gets close to being hard,I used the point of a scalpel to cut in little cracks,checks and splinters like the surrounding area.
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  7. Jim B

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    I used thin washes of acrylic artist's tube paints to blend in the color.White,yellow ochre,raw umber,black and lots of water.
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    The inner side after painting.
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  9. Jim B

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    A shot of the whole horn,back in one piece.
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  10. Jim B

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    I don't have a lot of pictures of this one but it is a bushbuck that probably lost half it's right horn fighting.A 1/4 threaded rod and built up with All Game.Texturing was done with a Dremel,wire brush and scalpel.
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  11. coal39

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    Nice job Jim as usual.
     
  12. Jim B

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    Here is the finished,painted horn.
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  13. LordRusty

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    Nice freaking work! The job on those Sheep horns are right on the money. EXCELLENT!

    John.
     
  14. Jim B

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    Thanks John.This is another bushbuck.I forgot to get before pictures but it had about 10 " broke off the same,right side.The finished repair.
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  15. hoytusa

    hoytusa New Member

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    You are a true artist sir!
     
  16. Jim B

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    I forgot to mention that the bushbuck horn seemed to like a wash of sienna and black over that.I just about never use black on any animal or horn but I applied the black over the sienna while still wet and it really matched the rest of the horn.

    Then there is the elk.I replaced almost 40" of tines on this one.
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  17. Jim B

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    3/8" threaded rods epoxied in and shaped.
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  18. Jim B

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    I built this up,also with All Game-several layers,shaped it with rasps and coarse sandpaper,then used a Dremel to cut in the texture.
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  19. Jim B

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    I'm in the process of painting this one so this will be the last picture of it till it's done.
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  20. DeeCee

    DeeCee New Member

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    Wow, Thats pretty sharp stuff! Great job!