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Antler Staining

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by QBD, May 28, 2014.

  1. QBD

    QBD Active Member

    Saw a couple of threads about antler refinishing and also antler repair so I thought I would share a before and after of a refinish job. Whether it is touching up burrs, completely re-doing a set of antlers or repairing broken tines/beams, I use acrylic paints. Raw Umber, Burnt Umber, Raw Sienna and Van Dyck Brown are the primary colors I use. I mix with water in small amounts to get the consistency I want. I also intermix colors to get shades in between.

    Once I get them colored the way I want them, I either brush on a thin coat of olive oil or a 50/50 mix of turpentine and boiled linseed oil to give them some sheen. If they are badly weathered, I may do a couple of coats of oil depending on how the antlers soak it up.

    I think these are the same pictures that were posted from photobucket before they messed up the sandbox.

    Before:
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    After:
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    Last edited: Mar 6, 2020
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  2. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Looks very nice and natural.
     
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  3. greatbasin

    greatbasin Member

    Ya, for sure those look nice!
     
  4. Clark Fox

    Clark Fox New Member

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    Do you primer antlers before painting?
     
  5. hoytarcher

    hoytarcher Member

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    Is there anyway to get the pics updated? All I am seeing is a red X and I would love to see the before and after
     
  6. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    QBD is still active on here. The pictures are broken because Photobucket is holding them for ransom. Send him a PM/Conversation and ask if he can edit the original post. Chances are, he still has the original pictures in a file somewhere and can edit the spots where they are and get the pictures back. Pictures can now be put in a folder on here called "media" or, like I do, host them on postimage.org for free and use links.

    The 50/50 mix of turpentine and boiled linseed oil is like night and day on horns and antlers. I support the skull upside down so any drips do not fall on the skull. It makes spots that you can't get out.
     
  7. hoytarcher

    hoytarcher Member

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    Thank you seawolf!!!!
     
  8. QBD

    QBD Active Member

    I think I got the same pictures reposted in the original post. When photobucket went ransom mode, I downloaded all of my PB albums before I deteted my PB account so I am pretty sure these were the correct pics for this post.
     
  9. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Thanks for fixing. I slowly have been doing the same thing as I spot posts that are still messed up. I also took back my pics from PB and told them to take a walk.